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#20 TEST - Improvements to address needs of Software Engineering change request accepted

Some changes in emphasis and wording across the Skill description and skill level descriptions to ensure Software Engineering is addressed.

Areas to review:

  1. If this skill is primarily focused on defect detection and quality control of software executables; should we call it Software or Systems Testing
  2. Ensure skills for defect prevention and defect removal are covered elsewhere in SFIA
  3. Ensure skill descriptions do not imply organisational structures so can cover Testing CoE approaches as well more integrated org structures and roles


This change request is one of a number which are proposing revisions to SFIA to ensure it fully supports Software Engineering while retaining overall industry wide applicability and integrity.

The updates will support:

  • The Software Engineering & Technology industry, it's employers and professionals to close skill gaps, attract and retain talent and improve the performance and productivity of engineers
  • Alignment of Software Engineering training / accreditation
  • Professional development through the IEEE-CS and other professional bodies representing software engineers
  • Universities, technical institutes, and other higher education organisations to support professional education and accreditation and enhance the employability of their students

Skill requirements for Software Engineering have been cross checked against the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge Chapter 6: Software Testing (SWEBOK).

Also need to consider the relationship (e.g. unique skills and overlapping skills) between Software Engineering and IT.

Proposed change applies to Testing

Current status of this request: accepted

What we decided

Include in review of Testing for SFIA 8.

Matthew Burrows
Oct 18, 2017 07:44 PM

What is the actual activity? Is that different or new, or are we simply being asked to extend the examples of where the skills are applied?