Boost Your IT Career with IEEE's Software Engineering Certifications

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Are you a student searching for your first job in the IT industry? Are you a IT professional looking for enhancing your skills, get noticed and get promoted? If so, this presentation is for you: this short presentation provides you with a quick overview of IEEE's Software Engineering certifications. Student or professional - with IEEE's SE certifications are sure to provide the much needed boost to your IT career.

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Boost Your IT Career with IEEE's Software Engineering Certifications

  1. 1. Ganesh Samarthyam (CSDP, SECI) Ganesh.samarthyam@gmail.com Boost your IT Career with IEEE’s Software Engineering Certifications An Overview of IEEE’s SCP, CSDA, and CSDP Certifications
  2. 2. Agenda
  3. 3. Why get certified? get your first job get promoted differentiate yourself
  4. 4. Why Software Engineering certification? SE expertise provides strong foundation for IT career exceptional SE skills can fetch you a high-paying job technologies get outdated really fast, so are technology certifications
  5. 5. Why IEEE certification? creators of SWEBOK vendor neutral world’s largest professional association
  6. 6. Agenda
  7. 7. A guide to “generally accepted” principles and knowledge about SE What is SWEBOK? Intended for use in curriculum development, employee skills assessment, continuing education, and professional development Identifies Knowledge Areas which cover the Core Knowledge of what is known about SE
  8. 8. What certifications are available? Meant for students graduating from colleges For software professionals with 2+ years of experience For software professionals with 4+ years of experience SECI For SCP/CSDA/ CSDP trainers Certified Software Development Professional Certified Software Development Associate Software Engineering Certified Instructor CSDM Certified Software Development Master Yet to be launched
  9. 9. What topics do they cover? Knowledge Area (KA) Software Requirements Software Design Software Construction Software Testing Software Maintenance Software Configuration Management Software Engineering Management Software Engineering Process Software Engineering Methods Software Quality Software Engineering Professional Practice Software Engineering Economics Computing Foundations Mathematical Foundations Engineering Foundations Software Development Module Software Life Cycle Management Module Software Professional Practices Module Software Foundations Module SCP, CSDA, and CSDP cover these same 15 KAs - these certifications differ in the difficulty level and the kind of questions asked (e.g., CSDP will have application oriented questions). These KAs map to SWEBOK KAs (the SWEBOK v3 is getting updated with KAs not covered in v2)
  10. 10. What kind of questions do they cover? (SCP/CSDA sample question) What is the Cyclomatic Complexity of the following flow graph for a program? Question source: CSDA Sample Test Questions
  11. 11. What kind of questions do they cover? (SCP/CSDA sample question) What is the Cyclomatic Complexity of the following flow graph for a program? A) 3 B) 4 C) 9 D) 11 Question source: CSDA Sample Test Questions
  12. 12. What kind of questions do they cover? (SCP/CSDA sample question) What is the Cyclomatic Complexity of the following flow graph for a program? A) 3 B) 4 C) 9 D) 11 Answer: B) 4 Explanation: V(G) = Number of Edges – Number of Nodes + 2 V(G) = 10 – 8 + 2 = 4 Question source: CSDA Sample Test Questions
  13. 13. What kind of questions do they cover? (CSDP sample question) Software metrics should be evaluated for their utility in certain areas of application. Which one of the following areas of application should NOT be considered when evaluating the utility of software metrics? Question source: CSDP Sample Questions
  14. 14. What kind of questions do they cover? (CSDP sample question) Software metrics should be evaluated for their utility in certain areas of application. Which one of the following areas of application should NOT be considered when evaluating the utility of software metrics? Question source: CSDP Sample Questions A) Determining product complexity. B) Determining productivity of individual staff members. C) Determining when a desired state of quality has been achieved. D) Determining the validity of project processes.
  15. 15. What kind of questions do they cover? (CSDP sample question) Software metrics should be evaluated for their utility in certain areas of application. Which one of the following areas of application should NOT be considered when evaluating the utility of software metrics? Question source: CSDP Sample Questions A) Determining product complexity. B) Determining productivity of individual staff members. C) Determining when a desired state of quality has been achieved. D) Determining the validity of project processes. Answer: B) Determining productivity of individual staff members. Rationale: Use of metrics for personnel evaluation distorts the measurements made because people will try to make the numbers look good. This prevents the use of the measurements for all of the other mentioned purposes. Other writers also make the point that software metrics should not be used to determine personnel actions.
  16. 16. How much do they cost? The cost of the SCP (SWEBOK Certificate Program) depends on the Registered Educational Providers (REPs). See REP list here.
  17. 17. Agenda
  18. 18. How to prepare? Make sure you read these books SWEBOK is must to read for these certifications (though it is dry to read!). The HTML version is free; you need to buy the printed version These two books are excellent resources to prepare for SCP/CSDA/CSDP (note that both these books have chapters that are not relevant to the exam; also, even combined together, these two books do not cover some of the KAs for these certifications!)
  19. 19. How to prepare? •Try the sample questions for CSDA or CSDP •Register for e-learning for CSDA or CSDP •Buy and read Richard Thayer’s exam preparation CD •Register for a training course from IEEE Registered Educational Providers (REPs) This excellent book is a must for CSDP exam preparation since it has sample questions focused on this exam!
  20. 20. Wishing you all the very best!

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