Formalization in systems development

  • Lars Mathiassen
  • Andreas Munk-Madsen
Colloquium On Software Engineering Concepts And Methods In Software Development
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 186)


Formalizations are related both to types of expression and to types of behaviour. The limits to applying formalizations in these two senses are discussed and illustrated by examples from practical systems development. It will be established that formalizations are valuable in some situations, but insufficient in others. The alternative to uncritically using formalizations is that system developers analyse the situations in which they find themselves, and from there choose a combination of a formal and an informal approach.


System Development System Developer Work Process Production Planner Throughput Time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Mathiassen
    • 1
  • Andreas Munk-Madsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of AarhusDenmark

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