Software Engineering: Architecture-driven Software Development is the first comprehensive guide to the underlying skills embodied in the IEEE's Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) standard. Standards expert Richard Schmidt explains the traditional software engineering practices recognized for developing projects for government or corporate systems.

Software engineering education often lacks standardization, with many institutions focusing on implementation rather than design as it impacts product architecture. Many graduates join the workforce with incomplete skills, leading to software projects that either fail outright or run woefully over budget and behind schedule.

Additionally, software engineers need to understand system engineering and architecture—the hardware and peripherals their programs will run on. This issue will only grow in importance as more programs leverage parallel computing, requiring an understanding of the parallel capabilities of processors and hardware. This book gives both software developers and system engineers key insights into how their skillsets support and complement each other. With a focus on these key knowledge areas, Software Engineering offers a set of best practices that can be applied to any industry or domain involved in developing software products.

Key Features

  • A thorough, integrated compilation on the engineering of software products, addressing the majority of the standard knowledge areas and topics
  • Offers best practices focused on those key skills common to many industries and domains that develop software
  • Learn how software engineering relates to systems engineering for better communication with other engineering professionals within a project environment


Software developers, project managers, systems engineers, and students studying these disciplines

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author


Book outline and subject matter

Section 1: Software Engineering Fundamentals

Section 1. Software Engineering Fundamentals

Systems engineering principles and practices


Chapter 1. Introduction to Software Engineering

1.1 Specifying software requirements

1.2 Software architecture

1.3 Integrated product and process development

1.4 Integrated product teams

1.5 Work breakdown structure

1.6 Software breakdown structure

1.7 Specification and documentation trees

1.8 Integrated master plan and schedule

1.9 Reviews and audits

1.10 Configuration management and change control

1.11 Trade-off analysis

1.12 Risk management

1.13 Modeling and simulation

Chapter 2. Generic Software Development Framework

2.1 Software breakdown structure

2.2 Software development process

2.3 Summary

Chapter 3. Software Architecture

3.1 Stakeholder needs relationships and dependencies

3.2 Software requirements baseline relationships and dependencies

3.3 Computing environment relationships and dependencies

3.4 Test and evaluation relationships and dependencies

3.5 Functional architecture relationships and dependencies

3.6 Physical architecture relationships and dependencies

3.7 Post-development process relationships and dependencies

3.8 Motivation for the software architecture

Chapter 4. Understanding the Software Project Environment

4.1 Integrated product teams

4.2 Software architecture

4.3 Complexity control mechanisms

4.4 Software nomenclature registry

4.5 Software integration strategy

4.6 Project and technical planning

Chapter 5. Software Integrated Product and Process Development

5.1 Application of IPPD to software

5.2 Sof


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About the author

Richard Schmidt

Richard F. Schmidt has over 30 years of experience in systems and S/W engineering in the aerospace community. While serving the Air Force Systems Command, he chaired a Joint Service Working Group which produced Revision A of DoD-STD- 2167, Defense Systems S/W Development, and DOD-STD-2168, Defense Systems S/W Quality Program. Richard continued his involvement in standards by chairing the IEEE Working Group on Systems Engineering Management, responsible for the publication of IEEE 1220, The Application and Management of the Systems Engineering Process. Supported the Navy’s RDA Chief Systems Engineer (CHENG) Office for 9 years as an independent consultant for Systems and Software Engineering policy and practices, producing the Naval System-of-Systems (SoS) Systems Engineering Guidebook in 2005. Richard is currently the Director of Marketing for Vitech Corporation, the providers of CORE. Richard has also worked for CASE Tool vendors including Rational S/W, and Ascent Logic Corporation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Richard Schmidt: Chair, IEEE Working Group on Systems Engineering Management, and Founder, Sirrush Corporation


"This work is unusual in that the author begins by challenging the notion that the field of software engineering is currently well defined and understood. He identifies two common problems, failure to understand how to develop complete software designs before coding begins and lack of consistent, scientifically verified software engineering techniques."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013
"…there may be some large-scale project managers in and out of government who will embrace this text as a holy grail…Chapter 15 on verification and validation and chapter 16 on control (configuration management) are particularly helpful and worthy of careful study.", August 29, 2013