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Software Engineering in Canada

January 2002

Karen López, I.S.P.CIPS Director of Professional Standards

karen lopez i s p
Karen Lopez, I.S.P.
  • CIPS National Director of Professional Standards
  • Member of the CIPS Executive
  • Principal Consultant, InfoAdvisors, Inc.
the only professional it designation in canada

CIPS Professionalism

The only professional IT designation in Canada

I.S.P. = Information Systems Professional of Canada

elements of a mature profession

Credentials

License

Certification

Professionalism

Elements of a Mature Profession

Professional Development

Infrastructure Support

Professional Influences

Initial Professional Education

Accreditation

Skills Development

Professional Society

Code of Ethics

Professional Status

Professional Development

From After the Gold Rush, Steve McConnell

canadian software engineering
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
  • SWEBOK’s Editor is based in Montreal
  • Use of the term Software Engineering within traditional engineering faculties is relatively new.
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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
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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
isn t it just a word
Isn’t 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?
  • It’s not just about the word….
what could this mean to you
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
what could this mean to you1
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.
why is this a problem
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
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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
what s the risk
What’s the risk?
  • Employer Confusion
  • True Software Engineering programs are not being developed
  • Extended litigation instead of innovation in the IT industry
  • Public at risk
  • Canada’s competitive position eroded
cips s position
CIPS’s 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
what can you do
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
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CIPS
  • www.cips.ca