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The Personal Software Process (PSP) Body of Knowledge, Version 2.0

August 2009 Special Report
Marsha Pomeroy-Huff, Robert Cannon, Timothy A. Chick, Julia L. Mullaney, William Nichols

The Personal Software Process (PSP) body of knowledge (BOK) provides guidance to software professionals who are interested in using proven-effective, disciplined methods to improve their personal software development process.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number

CMU/SEI-2009-SR-018

Abstract

As the profession of software engineering evolves and matures, it must achieve some of the critical elements needed for recognition as a bona fide discipline. Among these elements are the establishment of a recognized body of knowledge (BOK) and certification of professional practitioners. 

The body of knowledge contained in this report is designed to complement the IEEE Computer Society’s Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) by delineating the skills and concepts that compose the knowledge areas and competencies of a proven-effective process improvement method, the Personal Software Process (PSP). As adoption of the PSP methodology continues to grow, it becomes crucial to document the fundamental knowledge and skills that set PSP practitioners apart from other software professionals. The PSP BOK serves this purpose and more. It helps individual practitioners to assess and improve their own skills; provides employers with an objective baseline for assessing the personal process skills and capabilities of their product development team members; and guides academic institutions that want to incorporate PSP into their software and other engineering courses or curricula. The PSP BOK also facilitates the development of PSP certification programs that are based on a well-established, standard set of knowledge and skills.