21.12.2010 — Video of final presentation is available.
14.12.2010 — Video of thirteenth lecture is available
10.12.2010 — Assignment 5 is online.
30.11.2010 — Videos of twelfth lecture are available.
30.11.2010 — Videos and slides of eleventh lecture are available.
09.11.2010 — Videos of eighth lecture are available.
02.11.2010 — Videos of seventh lecture are available.
26.10.2010 — Videos of sixth lecture are available.
26.10.2010 — Slides of lecture 6 have been updated
19.10.2010 — Videos of contest discussion and fifth lecture are available.
18.10.2010 — Assignment 2 is online.
12.10.2010 — Slides of lecture 4 have been updated
12.10.2010 — Videos of fourth lecture are available.
05.10.2010 — Videos of third lecture are available.
28.09.2010 — Videos of second lecture are available.
21.09.2010 — Slides of lecture 1 have been updated
21.09.2010 — Videos of first lecture are available.
20.09.2010 — The first assignment is here.
20.09.2010 — The course starts on Tuesday 21.09.2010 at 10hs (there is no exercise session at 9hs)
29.08.2010 — The list of universities involved in the project has been published
30.07.2010 — The web page was created. See also last year's page
252-0239-00L Distributed and Outsourced Software Engineering
Web page at the computer science department: 251-0273-00
Article about the course
A remarkable phenomenon is affecting the software development scene: the massive transfer of developments to countries such as India and Russia offering highly qualified manpower at rock-bottom salaries. The outsourcing business is already in the hundreds of billions of dollars, causes employment fears among Western programmers, and has consequences on just about every aspect of software development (including education). Offshoring also serves as a magnifier of most of the issues of software engineering, including for example requirements analysis and quality control.
This course explores the offshoring phenomenon from a technical software engineering perspective, providing a set of guidelines for making outsourced projects succeed, through both management approaches (in particular the CMMI) and technical solutions in areas of requirements, specification, design, documentation and quality control. The presentation is based on experience of outsourcing at ABB and other companies.
The participants will take part in a case study exploring techniques for making an offshored project succeed (or recover from problems).
This course provides students with a clear view of the offshore software development phenomenon, enabling them to participate successfully in projects outsourced partially or totally, and also helping them define their own career strategies in the context of outsourcing's continued growth.
A Distributed Project
The course project will be in collaboration with 11 universities. The universities involved in the project are:
- ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina
- Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam
- University of Debrecen, Hungary
- State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
- Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
- University of Zurich
- Odessa Polytechnic National University, Ukraine
- University of Delhi, India
- Wuhan University, China
- The course grade is based entirely on the project.
- Michael Jackson: Requirements & Specifications,1995, Addison Wesley, ISBN: 0-201-87712-0
Further readingAbout Software engineering:
- Bertrand Meyer: Object-Oriented Software Construction, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 1997.
- Barry W. Boehm: Software Engineering Economics, Prentice Hall, 1981.
- Fred Brooks: No Silver Bullet - Essence and Accident in Software Engineering, in Computer (IEEE), vol. 20, no. 4, pages 10-19, April 1987.
- John B. Goodenough and Susan Gerhart: Towards a Theory of Test: Data Selection Criteria, in Current Trends in Programming Methodology, ed. Raymond T. Yeh, pages 44-79, Prentice Hall, 1977.
- Peter Naur: Programming with Action Clusters, in BIT, vol. 3, no. 9, pages 250-258, 1969.
- Shari Lawrence Pfleeger and Joanne M Atlee: Software Engineering, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 2005.
- SEI (Software Engineering Institute): CMMISM for Software Engineering, Version 1.1, Staged Representation (CMMI-SW, V1.1, Staged), 2005.
- Bertrand Meyer: On Formalism in Specifications, in Software (IEEE), pages 6-26, January 1985.
- Jeannette M. Wing: A Study of 12 Specifications of the Library Problem, in Software (IEEE), vol. 5, no. 4, pages 66-76, July 1988.
- Ralph Young: Recommended Requirements Gathering Practices, in CrossTalk, the Journal of Defense Software Engineering, April 2002.
- Laura Scharer: Pinpointing Requirements, in Datamation, April 1981.
- Southwell et al., cited in Michael G. Christel and Kyo C. Kang, Issues in Requirements Elicitation, Software Engineering Institute, CMU/SEI-92-TR-012 and ESC-TR-92-012, September 1992.
- Becky Winant: Requirement #1: Ask Honest Questions.
- Gerald Kotonya and Ian Sommerville: Requirements Engineering: Processes and Techniques, Wiley, 1998.
- IEEE: IEEE Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specifiations, IEEE Std 830-1998 (revision of IEEE Std 830-1988).
- Michael Jackson: Software Requirements and Specifications, Addison-Wesley, 1996.
- Mike Mannion and Barry Keepence: SMART Requirements, in ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes, vol. 20, no. 2, pages 42-47, April 1995.
- Esther Derby: Building a Requirements Foundation through Customer Interviews.
- Eric Dubois, J. Hagelstein and A. Rifaut: Formal Requirements Engineering with ERAE, in Philips Journal of Research, vol. 43, pages 393-414,1988.
- Ellen Gottesdiener: Requirements Workshops: Collaborating to Explore User Requirements, in Software Management 2002.
- Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides: Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software, Addison-Wesley, 1995, ISBN 0201634988
- Karine Arnout's Ph.D. thesis: From Patterns to Components. Click here
|Tuesday||10:00-12:00||IFW C 42|
The project will be managed using the Origo project management framework
The course project is located at http://dose2010.origo.ethz.ch/
- Project Template: Software Requirements Spec .pdf, .doc, .rtf
- A Checklist for a Requirements Specification Review .pdf
- Slides of Writing Effective Requirements Specifications .pdf
Quality assurance plan
Examples of Requirements Specification DocumentsThese documents are examples of good requirements specification documents. They were developed by last year students. However, they do not include API specifications.
PROJECT DEADLINESOn the Origo page
|21.09.2010||1||Introduction to the topic of Offshoring and Outsourcing in software development||available||Intro||Overview article: The Unspoken Revolution in Software Engineering Bertrand Meyer, 2006 Design and code reviews in the age of the internet Bertrand Meyer, 2008|
|28.09.2010||2||Offshoring and Outsourcing in software development II||available|
|05.10.2010||3||Requirements Engineering I||available||requirements||On Formalism in Specifications, Bertrand Meyer, IEEE Software, January 1985.|
|12.10.2010||4||Challenges and practical advice for distributed projects||available||Challenges|
|19.10.2010||5||Requirements Engineering II||available|
|26.10.2010||6||Introduction to CMMI and CMMI Exercise||available||CMMi||CMMi Excercise Questions, Pages 100-500 of CMMi Version 1.2.|
|02.11.2010||7||CMMI Generic Goals and Practices||available|
|09.11.2010||8||Cost Model for Outsourcing||available||Cost Model|
|16.11.2010||9||Risk Management||available||Risk Management|
|30.11.2010||11||Quality Assurance||available||Project Management Model for Outsourced Projects|
|07.12.2010||12||Supplier Agreement Management||available|
|14.12.2010||13||Quality Assurance & Conclusion||available|
|Tuesday||9:00-10:00||IFW C 42|
|Martin Nordio||RZ J3||044 632 02 97||English|
|Julian Tschannen||RZ J3||044 632 44 49||German|