Revenge of the Methodology Anarchist

  • Colin Myers
  • Tracy Hall
  • Dave Pitt

Abstract

The Software Engineering profession has an unfortunate tendency to equate professionalism with methodologies. This chapter argues that “software engineer” plus “software methodology” does not equal “professional software engineer.” It examines the relationship between methodologies, practitioners and customers. While acknowledging that methodologies can help to deliver systems, it focuses on the many ways in which methodology abuse can hinder successful Software Engineering. The chapter describes popular methodology pitfalls which will be familiar to all professional software engineers. It offers pragmatic advice to help software engineers to exploit, rather than be exploited by, methodologies.

Keywords

Marketing Clarification Cough Payback Havoc 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Myers
    • 1
  • Tracy Hall
    • 1
  • Dave Pitt
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computer Science and Information Systems EngineeringUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK
  2. 2.Worldwide Information SystemsNCRLondonUK

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