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Towards a pragmatic approach To Empirical and Experimental Software Engineering

  • Speaker:   Radouane Oudrhiri  (CTO, Systonomy, London.)
  • Host:   Kung-Kiu Lau
  • 4th February 2015 at 14:00 in Kilburn L.T. 1.4
Any engineering discipline is usually defined as the combination of three main components: practices, science and economics. What is the status of the ?software? engineering industry and discipline? How much of these three dimensions do we really cover? ... Can we realy qualify Software development as a true engineering discipline?

This thought-provoking seminar will start by presenting the state of the practices within the sofware community and raises some fundamental questions. It will then introduce an Empirical and Experimental approach to Software Engineering Process Improvement, yet a pragmatic one. The proposed approach is, a problem solving method, based on many years of application within the area of sofware process improvement throughout various industries. It aims at linking the dots between the three dimensions, mentionned above, and more precisely focuses on the Economics of Software Engineering, in a way to link explicitely between the day-to-day actions and a return on investment (value). This pragmatic view of software process improvement and the experimental problem solving approach make it an ?accelerator? for enterprise level improvement programs. A number of practical examples from IT and Software organisations will be presented.

Key Learner Outcomes

? Understand and clarify some of the terminology related to Software Engineering ? Explicit the three dimensions: 1) Practices and underlying methods such as: (Agile, Maturity-based models, others?) 2) Science and 3) Economics ? Understand fundamental concepts of Empirical and Experimental Software Engineering ? Appreciate the real benefits of adopting an Experimental and Empirical in the real world ? How a Software Engineering Economist curriculum could look like?

Dr. Radouane Oudrhiri is CEO of Systonomy, he has more than 20 years of teaching and consulting experience in software quality engineering, Lean Six Sigma and DFSS for Software, empirical and experimental software engineering and maturity-based models.

He implemented software process initiatives within large and small organisations. He is a Six Sigma MBB trained by GE Medical Systems and Motorola. Radouane sits on the board of high-tech start-ups and is part of chair many standardisation initiatives.

Radouane has an M.S. in Operations Research, MBA and PhD in Information Systems and formal Logic. He is a Lecturer at La Sorbonne Paris, HEC, ESSEC, Telecom Paris and an evaluator at the European Commission)
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