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Strategic Software Engineering

An Interdisciplinary Approach, 1st Edition

By Fadi P. Deek, James A. M. McHugh, Osama M. Eljabiri

Auerbach Publications

360 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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The pervasiveness of software in business makes it crucial that software engineers and developers understand how software development impacts an entire organization. Strategic Software Engineering: An Interdisciplinary Approach presents software engineering as a strategic, business-oriented, interdisciplinary endeavor, rather than simply a technical process, as it has been described in previous publications.

The book addresses technical, scientific, and management aspects of software development in a way that is accessible to a wide audience. It provides a detailed, critical review of software development models and processes, followed with a strategic assessment of how process models evolved over time and how to improve them. The authors then focus on the relation between problem-solving techniques and strategies for effectively confronting real-world business problems. They also analyze the impact of interdisciplinary factors on software development, including the role of people and business economics. The book concludes with a brief look at specialized system development.

The diverse backgrounds of the authors, encompassing computer science, information systems, technology, and business management, help create this book's integrated approach, which answers the demand for a comprehensive, interdisciplinary outlook encompassing all facets of how software relates to an organization.

Table of Contents

THE PROCESS AND ITS MODELS

Software Development Strategies: Basic Planning and

Control

Introduction

Characteristics of Software Development Strategies

Life Cycle Models

Risk-Reduction Models

Software Development Strategies: Tools, Objects, and

Reuse

Introduction

CASE Tools

Object-Oriented and Reuse Models

Software Development Strategies: Process Improvement

Introduction

Productivity-Driven Dynamic Process Modeling

Human Factors in Development Models

The Capability Maturity Model

Personal and Team Software Development Models

Software Development Strategies-Reinventing How It Is

Done

Introduction

Open Source Model

Agile Software Development

Rapid Application Development (RAD) Models

Workflow Application Models

Aspect-Oriented Development

An Assessment of Process Life-Cycle Models

Introduction

The Dimension of Time

The Need for a Business Model in Software Engineering

Classic Invalid Assumptions

Implications of the New Business Model

Role of the Problem-Solving Process in This Approach

Redefining the Software Engineering Process

STRATEGIES FOR SOLVING SOFTWARE PROBLEMS

The Problem-Solving Process

Introduction

What is a Problem?

What is Problem Solving?

What is a Solution?

Software Technology and Problem Solving

Introduction

Software Technology as Enabling Business Tool-What

Computers Can Do

Software Technology as a Limited Business Tool-What

Computers Cannot Do

A View of Problem Solving and Software Engineering

Evolution of Software Development Strategies

Introduction

Current Challenges to Software Development

Competing Views of Software Development

The Engineering of Software

The Process and the Model

Progression in Software Engineering Strategies

Diversification of Problem-Solving Strategies in Software

Engineering

Introduction

Understanding Diversification in Software Engineering

The Hidden Value of Differences

Integration-Not Differentiation

Diversity in Problem Solver Skills at the Project Management

Level

Diversity as Value-Adding Tool in Problem Analysis

Strategies at the Problem Engineering Level

Introduction

Identifying Interdisciplinary Resources and Comprehensive

Problem Identification

Data Collection Phase

Data Processing Phase

Information Presentation Phase

Strategies in Software Engineering

INTERDISCIPLINARY FACTORS IN SOFTWARE

DEVELOPMENT

People and Software Engineering

Introduction

Interdisciplinary Background

The Importance of People in the Problem-Solving Process

Human-Driven Software Engineering

The People Factor-Multidisciplinary Aspects

The Team Factor

The Customer Factor

Economics and Software Engineering

Introduction

Economics and the Development of Software

The Rationale for Software Economics

The Influence of Software Economics on Software

Engineering

Software Economics

Risk and Return

Traditional Software Economics

Software Cost

Specialized System Development

Introduction

Principles of Specialized System Development

Application-Based Specialized Development

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM000000
COMPUTERS / General
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COM051230
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General