A viewpoint on software engineering and information systems: integrating the disciplines

Date

2003-04-01

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0950-5849

Volume Title

Publisher

Elsevier

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Abstract

Description

This paper questioned the widespread and assumed use of building construction as a metaphor for software construction. It argues that the use of architect-designed, builder-constructed house construction as a source of lessons for software development is inappropriate for exploring the structure, processes and roles in systems development. It explores the metaphors of film production and jazz improvisation as richer metaphors. The article provides the basis for a continuing debate about approaches to system development. It sparked further discussion in the literature and was the 8th most downloaded article from that journal in its year of publication.

Keywords

RAE 2008, UoA 23 Computer Science and Informatics

Citation

McBride, N.K. (2003) A viewpoint on software engineering and information systems: integrating the disciplines. Information and Software Technology, 45(5), pp. 281-287.

Rights

Research Institute

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)