252-0273-01L Distributed Software Engineering Laboratory
Web page at the computer science department: 252-0273-01L
Student article about the laboratory in VIS Visionen (student magazine).
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 other universities. Preliminary partners are:
- Cairo University, Egypt
- ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- ITMO, Russia
- IT Universtiy of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil
- State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
- University of Adalaide, Australia
- University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina
- University of Zurich, Switzerland
- The course grade is based entirely on the project.
- Michael Jackson: Requirements & Specifications, 1995, Addison Wesley, ISBN: 0-201-87712-0
- 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.
- 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 (exercise)||09:00-10:00 and 12:00-13:00||RZ F 21|
|Tuesday (lecture)||10:00-12:00||RZ F 21|
The project will be managed using Github.
All content is located at https://github.com/DOSE-ETH/dose2013. It is a private repository that you can only access once we have added you as a member.
|17.09.2013||1||Distributed Software Engineering Laboratory||Overview article:
The Unspoken Revolution in Software Engineering Bertrand Meyer, 2006
Design and code reviews in the age of the internet Bertrand Meyer, 2008
|24.09.2013||2||Introduction||same as last week|
|01.10.2013||3||Requirements Engineering||On Formalism in Specifications|
|08.10.2013||4||Requirements exercise (Martin Nordio)||none|
|15.10.2013||5||Requirements Engineering||same as week 3||IEEE 830 (accessible through ETH network)|
|22.10.2013||6||Preparation for Outsourcing|
|29.10.2013||7||Introduction to CMMI||CMMI for Development, Version 1.3|
|05.11.2013||8||CMMI -- Process Areas and Generic Practices||PDF (same as last week)||CMMI for Development, Version 1.3|
|12.11.2013||9||Agile Software Development|
|19.11.2013||9||CMMI exercise: Processes and Practices||Exercise|
|26.11.2013||10||CMMI -- Process Areas and Generic Practices II||PDF (same as before)|
|03.12.2013||11||Agile Software Development II||PDF (same as before)|
|17.12.2013||13||Final presentation (starting at 09.15am)|
|01.10.2013||Introduction to Git|
|08.10.2013||Introduction to Eiffel - Part 1||Link to PDF|
|15.10.2013||Introduction to Eiffel - Part 2||same as last week|
|22.10.2013||Introduction to Eiffel - Part 3||same as last 2 weeks|
|29.10.2013||Discussion of project progress|
|05.11.2013||Introduction to Eiffel - Tuples and Agents||same as in previous weeks|
|12.11.2013||Discussion of project progress|
|19.11.2013||Using Agile practices|
|26.11.2013||Discussion of project progress|
|03.12.2013||Code presentation and discussion|
|10.12.2013||Presentation of prototypes|
|Christian Estler||RZ J8||044 632 76 84||German / English|
|Julian Tschannen||RZ J3||044 632 44 49||German / English|
Assignments for Developers
|Assignment 1: Setup||24.09.2013|
|Assignment 2: Requirements Consolidation||27.10.2013|
|Assignment 3: API Design||07.11.2013|
|Assignment 4: Testing and API Consolidation||13.11.2013|
|Assignment 5: Implementation||13.12.2013|
Assignments for Requirements Engineers (only Australia & Brazil)
|Assignment 0: Setup||03.09.2013|
|Assignment 1: Requirements Document||01.10.2013|
|Assignment 2: Requirements Consolidation||27.10.2013|
|Assignment 3: Acceptance Test Plan||07.11.2013|