Values-first software engineering:research principles in practice

Ferrario, Maria Angela Felicita Cristina and Simm, William Alexander and Gradinar, Adrian Ioan and Forshaw, Stephen and Smith, Marcia and Smith, Ian Craig (2016) Values-first software engineering:research principles in practice. In: ICSE '16 Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion. ACM, USA, pp. 553-562. ISBN 9781450342056

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Abstract

The realization that software has a far reaching impact on politics, society and the environment is not new. However, only recently software impact has been explicitly described as `systemic' and framed around complex social problems such as sustainability. We argue that `wicked' social problems are consequences of the interplay between complex economical, technical and political interactions and their underlying value choices. Such choices are guided by specific sets of human values that have been found in all cultures by extensive evidence-based research. The aim of this paper is to give more visibility to the interrelationship between values and SE choices. To this end, we first introduce the concept of Values-First SE and reflect on its implications for software development. Our contribution to SE is embedding the principles of values research in the SE decision making process and extracting lessons learned from practice.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Additional Information: © ACM, 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ICSE '16 Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3889160.2889219
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 79720
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2016 08:16
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 05:17
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/79720

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