SWEBOS – The Software Engineering Body of Skills

Yvonne Sedelmaier, Dieter Landes


The development of complex software systems requires a mixture of various technical and non-technical competencies. While some guidelines exist which technical knowledge is required to make a good software engineer, there is a lack of insight as to which non-technical or soft skills are necessary to master complex software projects. This paper proposes a body of skills (SWEBOS) for soft-ware engineering. The collection of necessary skills is developed on the basis of a clear, data-driven research design. The resulting required soft skills for software engineering are described precisely and semantically rich in a three-level structure. This approach guarantees that skills are not just characterized in a broad and general manner, but rather they are specifically adapted to the domain of software engineering.


Software Engineering Education; Soft Skills in Software Engineering; Non-Technical Skills; Description of Competencies; SWEBOK

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International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP) – eISSN: 2192-4880
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