Is Software Engineering Really Engineering

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Abstract

This report examines the software engineering literature from the point of view of the following research questions. 1. Is “Software Engineering” really the correct usage of the term to describe our field of study? 2. Is Software Engineering really engineering?

In this report there will be discussion about the main contents of the software engineering .In addition we will focus on the comparison between the traditional engineering and software engineering .We will be able to find the reasoning for the usage of the term “Software Engineering”.

Understanding the term software engineering is critical to be able to correlate to the discipline of the academic study .In software engineering literature there are number of facts that explain the origin and the reason to coin this term. The usage of the different engineering characteristics to be incorporated in the software engineering is in development stage because of the nature of the subject. We look to literature to answer following questions:

1. Is “Software Engineering” really the correct usage of the term to describe our field of study? 2. Is Software Engineering really engineering?

The information technology revolution has meant, among other things, that software has become a part of more and more products. The rapid growth of this area has also meant that numerous software projects have run into problems in terms of missing functionality, cost overruns, missed deadlines and poor quality. These problems or challenges were identified already in 1960’s and in 1968 the term “software engineering” was coined with the intention of creating an engineering discipline that focused on the development of the software systems. (Host, M., Ohlsson, M.C., Regnell, B., Runerson, P., Wesslen, A., & Wohlin, C. (2000)) As noted in (Beecham, Baddoo, Hall, Robinson,& Sharp,2007 )the literature identifies Software Engineering as a challenging profession and often links challenge to change, “the reason...
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