SEMAT Update

May 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Software Engineering | 1 Comment

There is an important initiative in software engineering called SEMAT http://sematblog.wordpress.com/
This week I saw a post on their blog titled “Two complementary macro-trends in software engineering”
The two complementary trends being “Methods & tools” and “Professionalism & Craftsmanship”.

After reading it, I felt that rather than treating them as
independent threads, it may be more useful to look at it in a unified way. I put my thoughts as a comment on this post which you may like to have a look at. main conclusions were,

  • We need a more unified & holistic approach which takes into account processes, people and structure of the system at the same time and not as an afterthought or add-on.
  • Very close and effective collaboration without bias & suspicion between academics and practitioners is essential.
  • Craftsmanship can become a potent vehicle to put people in the focus and build a right culture.

I am keen to know your views.

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  1. I think I am in the latter camp. I see software development more as an art than science. There are good templates and excellent tools, but if you don’t know how to paint the right strokes, these are all futile. To that effect, I believe, proper training, innovativeness and that artistic sense is what makes an engineer tick.


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