Value-Based Software Engineering by Stefan BifflValue-Based Software Engineering by Stefan Biffl

Value-Based Software Engineering

byStefan Biffl

Paperback | February 12, 2010

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Ross Jeffery When, as a result of pressure from the CEO, the Chief Information Officer poses the question "Just what is this information system worth to the organization?" the IT staff members are typically at a loss. "That's a difficult question," they might say; or "well it really depends" is another answer. Clearly, neither of these is very satisfactory and yet both are correct. The IT community has struggled with qu- tions concerning the value of an organization's investment in software and ha- ware ever since it became a significant item in organizational budgets. And like all questions concerning value, the first step is the precise determination of the object being assessed and the second step is the identification of the entity to which the value is beneficial. In software engineering both of these can be difficult. The p- cise determination of the object can be complex. If it is an entire information s- tem in an organizational context that is the object of interest, then boundary defi- tion becomes an issue. Is the hardware and middleware to be included? Can the application exist without any other applications? If however the object of interest is, say, a software engineering activity such as testing within a particular project, then the boundary definition becomes a little easier. But the measure of benefit may become a little harder.
Dr. Stefan Biffl is an associate professor of software engineering at the Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology. He received his MS and PhD in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology and his MS in social and economic sciences from the University of Vienna. He is foun...
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Title:Value-Based Software EngineeringFormat:PaperbackDimensions:388 pagesPublished:February 12, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Part 1: 'Foundations and Frameworks' Value-Based Software Engineering: Overview and Agenda - An Initial Theory of Value-Based Software Engineering - Valuation of Software Initiatives under Uncertainty: Concepts, Issues, and Techniques - Prefernce-Based Decision Support in Software Engineering - Risk and The Economic Value of The Software Producer Part 2: 'Practices' Value-Based Software Engineering: Seven Key Elements and Ethical Considerations - Stakehol´der Value Proposition, Elicitation, and Reconciliation - Measurement and Decision Making -Criteria for Selecting Software Requirements to Cretae Product Value: An Industrial Empirical Study - Collaborative Usability Testing to Facilitate Stakeholder Involvement Value-Based Management of Software Testing Part 3: 'Applications' Decision Support for Value-Based Software Release Planning - PROSIM/RA Software Process Simulation Support of Risk Assessment - Tailoring Software Traceability to Value-Based Needs - Value-Based Knowledge Management: The Contribution of Group Processes - Quantifying The Value of New Technologies for Software Development - Valuing Software Intellectual Property Glossary