Value-Based Software Engineering

  • Stefan Biffl
  • Aybüke Aurum
  • Barry Boehm
  • Hakan Erdogmus
  • Paul Grünbacher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Barry W. Boehm, Apurva Jain
    Pages 15-37
  3. Hakan Erdogmus, John Favaro, Michael Halling
    Pages 39-66
  4. Paul Grünbacher, Sabine Köszegi, Stefan Biffl
    Pages 133-154
  5. Michael Berry, Aybüke Aurum
    Pages 155-177
  6. Ann Fruhling, Gert-Jan de Vreede
    Pages 201-223
  7. Rudolf Ramler, Stefan Biffl, Paul Grünbacher
    Pages 225-244
  8. Sebastian Maurice, Günther Ruhe, Omolade Saliu, An Ngo-The
    Pages 247-261
  9. David L. Atkins, Audris Mockus, Harvey Siy
    Pages 327-344
  10. Donald J. Reifer
    Pages 345-366
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 367-388

About this book


The IT community has always struggled with questions concerning the value of an organization’s investment in software and hardware. It is the goal of value-based software engineering (VBSE) to develop models and measures of value which are of use for managers, developers and users as they make tradeoff decisions between, for example, quality and cost or functionality and schedule – such decisions must be economically feasible and comprehensible to the stakeholders with differing value perspectives. VBSE has its roots in work on software engineering economics, pioneered by Barry Boehm in the early 1980s. However, the emergence of a wider scope that defines VBSE is more recent. VBSE extends the merely technical ISO software engineering definition with elements not only from economics, but also from cognitive science, finance, management science, behavioral sciences, and decision sciences, giving rise to a truly multi-disciplinary framework.

Biffl and his co-editors invited leading researchers and structured their contributions into three parts, following an introduction into the area by Boehm himself. They first detail the foundations of VBSE, followed by a presentation of state-of-the-art methods and techniques. The third part demonstrates the benefits of VBSE through concrete examples and case studies.

This book deviates from the more anecdotal style of many management-oriented software engineering books and so appeals particularly to all readers who are interested in solid foundations for high-level aspects of software engineering decision making, i.e., to product or project managers driven by economics and to software engineering researchers and students.


Information Technology (IT) Software Evaluation Software Measurement development knowledge management management organization risk management science and technology simulation software software development software engineering technology usa

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Biffl
    • 1
  • Aybüke Aurum
    • 2
  • Barry Boehm
    • 3
  • Hakan Erdogmus
    • 4
  • Paul Grünbacher
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute for Software TechnologyVienna University of TechnologyWienAustria
  2. 2.School of Information Systems, Technology and ManagementUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Center for Software EngineeringUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Software Engineering NRC Institute for Information TechnologyNational Research Council CanadaOttawaCanada
  5. 5.Systems Engineering & AutomationJohannes Kepler University LinzLinzAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-25993-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-29263-0
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