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Re: IEEE SWEBOK Is Looking for Reviewers--They Don't Even Mention XP, Agile, etc.

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  • Fabian Ritzmann
    ... I don t quite understand the argument. I just checked the curriculum of my former CS faculty and they offer seminars for MSc students on Extreme
    Message 1 of 37 , Jun 4, 2003
      Alleman, Glen B. wrote:

      > Agreed Mike, the challenge - and there always is one - is how to make
      > changes to the curricula of CS departments. Many decades ago I decided
      > I'd do a terminal master degree that my employer would pay for. Peter
      > Freeman was a "simple" Prof then (he's now the Chair of CS at George
      > Tech and does something in the government as well). We were learning
      > about analysis methods and had Al Irvine come to our work (aerospace
      > firm) from SADT fame. Peter had never really written software for money
      > before. Along with Standish (of UCI and data structures) I think they
      > learned a lot about the "commercial" world versus the "academic" world.

      I don't quite understand the argument. I just checked the curriculum of
      my former CS faculty and they offer seminars for MSc students on Extreme
      Programming and seminars for BSc students on "modern software
      engineering methods".

      I remember half a decade ago :-) when I finished my degree PSP was very
      popular. We had seminars on that and research assistants were busy
      writing research papers on it. Now I'm seeing the same assistents write
      papers on test-driven development and pair programming.

      Generally, I find that Agile software development methods are much
      closer to how software is developed in an academic environment than more
      traditional methods.

    • Mike Beedle
      ... From: Fabian Ritzmann [mailto:usefri@gmx.net] ... Oh, I don t know -- we are still sort of on topic. ... We call tests by the user acceptance tests or
      Message 37 of 37 , Jun 6, 2003
        -----Original Message-----
        From: Fabian Ritzmann [mailto:usefri@...]
        > Need to bring this back on topic for this list. :-)

        Oh, I don't know -- we are still sort of on topic.

        > --- Fabian Ritzmann <usefri@...> wrote:
        > XP as I understand it uses unit tests and system
        > tests, unit tests for unit testing and system tests for
        > whatever the users want to test, including quality
        > aspects like performance, reliability, etc.

        We call tests by the user "acceptance tests" or ATs.

        I think this is a valid definition across XP and
        Scrum but I don't know if other agile methods call
        them the same way.

        self wrote:
        > The combination is very powerful:
        > * test as _specification_ from Test-First, and
        > * program as executable _specification_ from
        > functional programming
        > Both strategies drive development more into the
        > quantifiable _what_ space, much more than worthless
        > "exhaustive requirements documents" or "models".
        > Perhaps, this is what we need to concentrate in
        > software architecture -- in patterns that tell us
        > _what_ to program and that are executable,

        Fabian wrote:
        >The principle problem is that provable (and executable)
        >specifications don't help if the specification is wrong.
        >And we all know that specifications always change,
        >that's why we do Scrum or another Agile development
        >method. Of course that shouldn't keep anybody from
        >improving the way we are programming these days.

        True. In our view, the need for acceptance tests
        conducted through people-2-people interaction
        never goes away for the exact reasons you list
        (and regardless the programming styles used):

        - making sure that the specification is not wrong
        - making sure that we keep up with changes
        for the specification
        - making sure that the user experience is
        comfortable i.e. timely, convenient, beautiful, etc.

        It is just easier, faster and even more economical
        in some paradigms of programming to do the above
        3 things,

        - Mike
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