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Value Based Software Engineering

More than four decades passed by since birth of software engineering!

The Standish Group‘s report, “CHAOS Summary 2009” indicates that only 32% of all projects are succeeding. This represents one end of the spectrum with the gloomy picture of failing projects. On the other end is pervasive influence of software in every walk of life and burgeoning business of software development.

Since 1968, many has professed software engineering. Software engineering defined as “systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach” has been both wide accepted and questioned. Fundamental questions remain unanswered:

1. Is software development a craftsmanship an engineering discipline? Why should the question be either/or ? I think it is both
2. Is “systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach” important or delivering value NOW is important? Again, I think the question is not either/or. It is interesting to see the definition of engineering from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. That is, meaning is given as the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people . More than “systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach” in itself but ensuring value is delivered to business, ensuring success of success-critical stakeholders is more important.
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Value based software engineering seems to be providing a framework for assessment. It answers many questions and it is throwing up many more questions. These questions are poised to take software engineering to new heights

I am getting set to explore the space of “value based software engineering”. I plan to dedicate my new year for “value based software engineering”


January 2, 2010 - Posted by | Business, software engineering, Software Quality, Value Based Software Engineering

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