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The Essence of Software Engineering

  • Offers a broad overview of the essence of software engineering in 13 contributions written by leading researchers and industry thought leaders

  • Highlights the mutual beneficial exchange of research findings and industrial experience

  • Provides a first look at potential future applications for new developments

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Escaping Method Prison – On the Road to Real Software Engineering

    • Ivar Jacobson, Roly Stimson
    Pages 37-58Open Access
  3. What is software?

    • Leon J. Osterweil
    Pages 59-76Open Access
  4. Only the Architecture You Need

    • Richard N. Taylor
    Pages 77-89Open Access
  5. Variability in Standard Software Products

    • Alfred Bröckers
    Pages 91-105Open Access
  6. Data-Driven Decisions and Actions in Today’s Software Development

    • Harald Gall, Carol Alexandru, Adelina Ciurumelea, Giovanni Grano, Christoph Laaber, Sebastiano Panichella et al.
    Pages 137-168Open Access
  7. Software Architecture: Past, Present, Future

    • Wilhelm Hasselbring
    Pages 169-184Open Access
  8. Software Product Lines

    • Klaus Pohl, Andreas Metzger
    Pages 185-201Open Access
  9. Achievements, Failures, and the Future of Model-Based Software Engineering

    • Oliver Kautz, Alexander Roth, Bernhard Rumpe
    Pages 221-236Open Access

About this book

This open access book includes contributions by leading researchers and industry thought leaders on various topics related to the essence of software engineering and their application in industrial projects. It offers a broad overview of research findings dealing with current practical software engineering issues and also pointers to potential future developments.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of adesso AG, adesso gathered some of the pioneers of software engineering including Manfred Broy, Ivar Jacobson and Carlo Ghezzi at a special symposium,  where they presented their thoughts about latest software engineering research and which are part of this book. This way it offers readers a concise overview of the essence of software engineering, providing valuable insights into the latest methodological research findings and adesso’s experience applying these results in real-world projects.


  • Open Access
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Development
  • Software Processes
  • Software Architectures
  • Software Management

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

    Volker Gruhn

  • adesso AG, Berlin, Germany

    Rüdiger Striemer

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn holds the Chair for Software Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research focus is on methods for industrial software engineering, as well as the effects of digital transformation on enterprises. He co-founded adesso AG in 1997 and is chairman of the supervisory board today.

Dr. Rüdiger Striemer was a member of the executive board of adesso AG from 2001 to 2015, and is today responsible for the software development at adesso’s national companies in Switzerland, Austria and Turkey.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Essence of Software Engineering

  • Editors: Volker Gruhn, Rüdiger Striemer

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-73896-3Published: 04 July 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-08880-4Published: 24 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-73897-0Published: 13 June 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 236

  • Topics: Software Engineering, Software Management, IT Operations

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)