2002, a new book about software engineering was published. Author is
Hans Sassenburg, Managing Director of SE-CURE AG. The
book describes the process of building and maintaining a house in the
Swiss Alps. This analogy is used to make a comparison between the
mature construction world and immature software engineering discipline.
In each chapter, describing one of the project phases, an
integrated set of engineering rules is deducted using a
multi-dimensional perspective (project, people, process, technology).
Further, many practical
examples and anecdotes are used to stress again the importance of
Target audience for this book includes experienced
software engineers, (project) managers. The book is also successfully
used in academic programs, as the book contains many
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|Software Release Decisions
relatively unexplored area in the field of software management is the
implementation or release decision, deciding whether or not a software
product can be transferred from its development phase to operational
use. It is a trade-off between an early release, to capture the
benefits of an earlier market introduction, and the deferral of product
release, to enhance functionality, or improve quality. In this research
this problematic area was explored in-depth from different
perspectives, both from a theoretical and from an
empirical point of view, by studying practical examples. The
results are used in a proposed methodology to improve strategic
software release decisions, characterized by the existence of large
prospective financial loss
outcomes, including the presence of high costs for reversing a decision.
This work was awarded with the 2007 Aart Bosman Prize for best IT
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Selected Papers and Presentations
- Telea, A., Voinea, L., Sassenburg, H., Visual Tools for Software Architecture Understanding: A Stakeholder
Perspective. IEEE Software (special issue on Software Architecture: Framing
Stakeholders’ Concerns, Nov/Dec 2010), 2010. Accepted for publication.
H., Building Multi-sideness into Tomorrow's Systems Through Projective Analysis, Keynote ICSM (Timisoara/Rumania), September 2010. (
H., Voinea, L., Does Process Improvement Really Pay Off?, European SEPG (Porto/Portugal), June 2010.
- Boxer, P., Kirwan, P., Sassenburg, H., The Impact of Government Approaches on SoS Environments, IEEE International Systems Conference (San Diego/USA), April 2010. (
H., Scrum en CMMI: Goed te Combineren (in Dutch), Automatisering Gids, October
H., Voinea, L., Standaardisering niet perse Performanceverbetering (in Dutch), Automatisering Gids, September,
Industry: Improving Efficiency
at 11th Software Process Improvement Workshop,
January 25th, 2008.
- Sassenburg, H., Elaborations
on the question
whether to travel to Groningen or not. Invited talk
for Aart Bosman Prijs 2007, University of Groningen,
November 1st, 2007.
) ( link
H., Integrating CMMI
and Six Sigma: War or Synergy? Invited talk, Symposium
Quality Systems Engineering Network (Swiss
October 31th, 2007.
Steps to Establishing a Software
Measurement Program. Invited talk, Software Best Practices
Conference (London/UK), September 27th, 2007. ( pdf
H., ROI of
Process Improvement? Next question please
SEPG (Amsterdam/Netherlands), June 2007. (
- Sassenburg, H., Software
Qualität: das Sorgenkind der Software Industrie ..., SIG
(Berne/Switzerland) (in German), February 27th, 2007.
H., If Software Quality Is So Important, Why Is It
So Often Neglected? Invited talk CHOOSE Forum seminar,
(Berne/Switzerland), December 18th,
2006. ( pdf
H., An Economic
Model for Market Entry Strategies. Proceedings
of the IWSM/Metrikon Conference, (Potsdam/Germany),
November 2-3, 2006. ( pdf )
H., Risiken in Software-Projekten.
Invited talk Fachgruppe ICT-Investment, SwissICT (Zurich/Switzerland)
(in German), October 19th, 2006. ( pdf )
H., Software Engineering; Van Ambacht tot
Professie. Invited talk Rabobank seminar
(Utrecht/Netherlands) (in Dutch), June 20th, 2006. (
H., Kitson, D., CMMI and Automotive SPICE.
European SEPG (Amsterdam/Netherlands), June 2006. ( pdf
U., Kirwan, P., Heijstek, A., Sassenburg, H., Towards
a Unified Process Improvement Approach. European SEPG
(Amsterdam/Netherlands), June 2006. ( pdf )
H., Berghout E., An Economic Model for Market Entry
Strategies. Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on
Economics-Driven Software Engineering Research (EDSER), ICSE '06
(Shanghai/China), May 27th, 2006. ( pdf )
H., A Methodology to Support Software Release Decisions. Proceedings
of the 4th Workshop on Software Quality, ICSE '06
(Shanghai/China), May 21st, 2006. ( pdf )
H., Berghout, E., Optimal Release Time: Numbers or
Intuition? Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Software
Quality, ICSE '06 (Shanghai/China), May 21st, 2006. ( pdf
H., A Multi-Disciplinary View on Software Release
Decisions. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on
Interdisciplinary Software Engineering Research (WISER), ICSE '06
(Shanghai/China), May 20th, 2006. ( pdf )
H., Market Entry Strategies. SEPG
Conference (Nashville/USA), March 9th, 2006.