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The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Software Engineering in Canada January 2002 Karen López, I.S.P.

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2 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Software Engineering in Canada January 2002 Karen López, I.S.P. CIPS Director of Professional Standards Software Engineering in Canada January 2002 Karen López, I.S.P. CIPS Director of Professional Standards

3 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Karen Lopez, I.S.P. CIPS National Director of Professional Standards Member of the CIPS Executive Principal Consultant, InfoAdvisors, Inc.

4 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. The only professional IT designation in Canada CIPS Professionalism I.S.P. = Information Systems Professional of Canada

5 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Elements of a Mature Profession Initial Professional Education Professional Development Accreditation Code of Ethics Professional Society Credentials LicenseCertification Professional Status Skills Development Professional DevelopmentInfrastructure SupportProfessional Influences From After the Gold Rush, Steve McConnell Professionalism

6 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Canadian Software Engineering Over 3 decades of use of the term Software Engineering to mean disciplined software development by those who are computer & information systems scientists SWEBOKs Editor is based in Montreal Use of the term Software Engineering within traditional engineering faculties is relatively new.

7 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Canadian Software Engineering 1997: CCPE launched legal proceedings against Memorial University of Newfoundland 1999: Case was settled out of court, with a condition for a Panel 2000: SE Taskforce established 2000: Draft Software Engineering Accreditation Board accreditation criteria 2001: Other stakeholders (AUCC, CACS/AIC) have voiced opposition to draft criteria 2001: CCPE issues press release that claims computer scientists who practice software engineering and computer science departments that offer software engineering programs are endangering the public

8 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Canadian Software Engineering 2001: Provincial Engineering bodies actively enforcing software engineering trademarks, as well as pursuing the revision of Engineering Acts to take ownership of all application of sciences that impact the public interest 2002: CEAB and CSAC continue to accredit, separately, SE programs in Canada 2002: CIPS calls CCPE back to the negotiations

9 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Isnt it just a word? Software Engineering is used globally to describe all kinds of software development Should Canada be the only country that uses the term to mean something else? Its not just about the word….

10 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. What could this mean to you? If Engineering Acts are revised to include all applied software development, most of what we do would now be governed by the Engineering Acts in our Province If you are working on a project that may have an impact on the public, physically or financially, your work would need to be done under the supervision of licensed professional engineer Your career advancement could be constrained if you do not hold a current engineering license

11 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. What could this mean to you? If you are a consultant providing services to the public that are covered by the Engineering Act, you would need to obtain a Certificate of Authority from the Provincial Engineering Body If you hire individuals that perform applied software activities, you will be under a great deal of pressure to find licensed individuals Data Management is not really covered under most Engineering programs….nor is the Zachman Framework, Logical Data Modelling, Process Modelling, Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architectures, Data Warehouse, etc.

12 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Why is this a problem? Today, in order to become a licensed engineer, an applicant must have graduated from an accredited engineering program – or– passed a lengthy series of engineering exams. There are no software engineering exams in Ontario. Today, license applicants write exams on traditional engineering topics – Strength of Materials, Physics, Engineering Calculus, Finite Element Analysis, etc. There are only 3+1 Software Engineering programs accredited in Canada

13 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Why is this a problem? Contrary to the Engineering Societies around the world, engineering bodies here believe that there should be only one application domain in software engineering -> engineering The SWEBOK is explicit when it says that engineering is but one application domain in software Professional IT bodies in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the US are working jointly with their engineering bodies to accredit software education programs

14 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. Whats the risk? Employer Confusion True Software Engineering programs are not being developed Extended litigation instead of innovation in the IT industry Public at risk Canadas competitive position eroded

15 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. CIPSs Position Cooperative accreditation of engineering and computing software engineering is a win-win situation Software Engineering is applicable across many domains Good software development activities can be achieved without in-depth knowledge of the physical sciences

16 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. What can you do? Help CIPS obtain letters of support from professional bodies Watch for further calls to action from CIPS and ITAC Watch for media articles and government calls for comment Volunteer

17 The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies. CIPSCIPS


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