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Technical Report

A Mature Profession of Software Engineering

  • January 1996
  • By Gary Ford, Norman Gibbs
  • This 1996 report presents a model that allows the characterization of the maturity of a profession in terms of eight infrastructure components.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-96-TR-004
  • Abstract

    A model is presented that allows the characterization of the maturity of a profession in terms of eight infrastructure components: initial professional education, accreditation, skills development, certification, licensing, professional development, a code of ethics, and a professional society. Several mature professions are examined to provide examples of the nature of these components. The current states of the components of software engineering are described, and predictions are made for the evolution of those components as the profession matures.

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SEI

Ford, Gary; & Gibbs, Norman. A Mature Profession of Software Engineering. CMU/SEI-96-TR-004 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12515

IEEE

Ford. Gary, and Gibbs. Norman, "A Mature Profession of Software Engineering," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-004 , 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12515

APA

Ford, Gary., & Gibbs, Norman. (1996). A Mature Profession of Software Engineering (CMU/SEI-96-TR-004 ). Retrieved September 21, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12515

CHI

Gary Ford, & Norman Gibbs. A Mature Profession of Software Engineering (CMU/SEI-96-TR-004 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12515

MLA

Ford, Gary., & Gibbs, Norman. 1996. A Mature Profession of Software Engineering (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-004 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12515

BibTex

@techreport{FordAMature1996,
title={A Mature Profession of Software Engineering},
author={Gary Ford and Norman Gibbs},
year={1996},
number={CMU/SEI-96-TR-004 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12515} }