CSPIN LOGO Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting


Special Date and Time: Wednesday, February 4, 2004 4:00 – 6:30 PM


Special Location:  SBC Center Campus

SBC Institute Auditorium – Room 129

Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

(See directions and parking information at end of this announcement)


Introduction to the SWEBOK

Michael A. Ulm, CSDP


Program Overview

An important part of establishing software engineering as a profession is having a recognized body of knowledge.  This body of knowledge can then serve as the basis for, among other things, curriculum development, continuing education, certification and, perhaps one day, licensing.  Therefore, the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) commissioned the writing of the "Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge" (SWEBOK). Having been extensively reviewed by industry and academic experts, this document is now its second major version ("Stone Man") and is publicly available through the SWEBOK web site, http://www.swebok.org. 

This presentation will cover the intent and history of the SWEBOK.  Its overall structure will then be explained.  A cursory overview of its content will be provided.  Finally, the presentation will comment on the relationship between the SWEBOK and the IEEE CS Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) exam.


Michael A. Ulm, CSDP (MAUlm@juno.com)

Mike is currently a quality engineer, focusing on software process improvements.  With over ten years in industry, he has wide range of experience: employee number one in a start up, a contract programmer, a developer in a large Internet provider, and a development manager in a large telecommunications company (with whom he still employed).

In 2002, Mike became one of the earliest IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professionals (CSDP). He holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Mathematics, both from the Ohio State University. He is currently working on a Masters in Engineering Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Networking and Registration (Light Refreshments)

5:00 – 5:10 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN and Introductions

5:10 – 6:10 p.m. Presentation

6:10 – 6:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session


C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of: Fred Ballard, Susan Bidwill, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Alan Cohen, Susan Davidowski, Larry Dribin, Ross Fraser, Bob Freer, George Gatsis, Tony Kvitek, Donna Miller, Bob Pauwels, Nimmi Shamdasani, Scott Stribrny, and Lance Welter.


C-SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations and individuals are invited.


There is no need to pre-register for the meeting, but please check in at the registration table when you arrive.


For more information regarding this meeting, C-SPIN, or the steering committee, contact George Gatsis at ggatsis@fsc.follett.com or (815) 578-7638.


To receive future announcements electronically, send your e-mail address (include name, address, company, phone) to George Gatsis, ggatsis@fsc.follett.com


Directions and Parking


From I-90 Northwest Tollway exit North on Barrington Road. Take Barrington Road to Lakewood Blvd (2nd light) and turn East (right) onto Lakewood Blvd. Turn right into the SBC Campus Center’s West Employee Entrance (1 entrance past Eagle Way) and follow the signs to the West Parking Structures. Parking is available in covered lots W2 or W3 and additional parking is available in the upper level parking lot W1. The Institute Building is located across the road (west of the parking structures). 


View a map of the SBC Campus Center.