35 years on: To what extent has software engineering design achieved its goals?
Simons, C., Parmee, I. and Coward, P. (2003) 35 years on: To what extent has software engineering design achieved its goals? IEE Proceedings - Software, 150 (6). 337 - 350. ISSN 1462-5970
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/ip-sen:20031198
Conceptual design is acknowledged as a difficult activity within software engineering, yet the deleterious impact of poor design can by highly significant in the software development lifecycle. Despite widespread acknowldgement of the difficulties, little empirical evidence exits in the literature to assess the effectiveness of conceptual software engineering design and its computational tool support. In conjuction with the other authors, C. L. Simons investigated this area as part of his commencement of research activities. This paper assesses the difficulties of conceptual software design by (1) comparing software engineering design with engineering design (from which software engineering was derived in 1968), and (2) extensively surveying empirical evidence of software engineering design available in the literature. It is evident that research into computationally intelligent support for conceptual software design is sparse.