Software Engineering in the Systems Context

15 Dec 2015

Software Engineering in the Systems Context
Edited by: Ivar Jacobson and Harold “Bud” Lawson

A new book has been created to provide various perspectives concerning the problems and opportunities presented by the increasing central role of software in the world’s systems. In particular, the role of and relationship between Software Engineering and Systems Engineering in the provisioning of software systems and their integration into system environments. There are on-going efforts to both understand and improve these two professions individually and collectively. One major effort is SEMAT (Software Engineering Method and Theory) that has led to the development of a method and practice independent approach called Essence that has become an Object Management Group standard. While aimed specifically at Software Engineering, the generality of the approach can be applied in systems contexts. Further, it is clear that many Software Engineers lack an understanding of and appreciation of the wider system context into which their software systems are integrated. Thus, there is a strong motive to develop the ability to “think” and “act” in terms of systems in order to improve the capabilities of both Software and Systems Engineers to understand and communicate individually and collectively.

The book presents various perspectives, provided by internationally known software and systems engineers on concepts and principles, guidance on selecting development approaches, issues of complexity, stakeholder concerns and requirements, the vital role of architecture, agility, governance, resilience, trust, risk, acquisition, supply chains, technical debt, socio-technical aspects, standards, as well as the fundamental aspects of improving communication and understanding.

It is the editors (Ivar Jacobson and Harold “Bud” Lawson’s) hope that this book will provide a starting point to improving the understanding of the relationship between Software Engineering and Systems Engineering and make a significant contribution to improving both professions and the world of systems.

The Contributors
Ilia Bider, Barry Boehm, Lindsey Brodie, Francois Coallier, Tom Gilb, Rich Hilliard, Ivar Jacobson, Harold “Bud” Lawson, Anatoly Levenchuk, Svante Lidman, Paul E. McMahon, Moacyr de Mello, Barry Myburgh, Pan-Wei Ng, Don O’Neill, June Sung Park, Sarah Sheard, Ian Sommerville, Ian Spence

The book is Volume 7 in the Systems Series published by College Publications, Kings College, London. Available from for 21 UK Pounds and for 32 US Dollars For bulk orders contact: Jane Spurr


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