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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Software Engineering Method and Theory (SEMAT)

Anyone who has worked in the software industry for a few years, in all likelihood, wouldn't find it hard to acknowledge that the state of practice in software development has a long way to go.
Visit Software Engineering Method and Theory (SEMAT) for a community working on developing a framework for improving the state of practice in software. Its heartening to see a list of great signatories on this initiative.
The SEMAT call for action states:

Software engineering is gravely hampered today by immature practices. Specific problems include:  
  • The prevalence of fads more typical of fashion industry than of an engineering discipline.
  • The lack of a sound, widely accepted theoretical basis.
  • The huge number of methods and method variants, with differences little understood and artificially magnified.
  • The lack of credible experimental evaluation and validation.
  • The split between industry practice and academic research.
Visit here for SEMAT publications and references.

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