The Responsible Software Engineer

The Responsible Software Engineer : Selected Readings in IT Professionalism

Edited by Colin Myers , Edited by Tracy Hall , Edited by Dave Pitt , Introduction by Colin Myers , Introduction by Tracy Hall , Introduction by Dave Pitt , Foreword by Tom DeMarco

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You might expect that a person invited to contribute a foreword to a book on the 1 subject of professionalism would himself be a professional of exemplary standing. I am gladdened by that thought, but also disquieted. The disquieting part of it is that if I am a professional, I must be a professional something, but what? As someone who has tried his best for the last thirty years to avoid doing anything twice, I lack one of the most important characteristics of a professional, the dedicated and persistent pursuit of a single direction. For the purposes of this foreword, it would be handy if I could think of myself as a professional abstractor. That would allow me to offer up a few useful abstractions about professionalism, patterns that might illuminate the essays that follow. I shall try to do this by proposing three successively more complex models of professionalism, ending up with one that is discomfortingly soft, but still, the best approximation I can make of what the word means to me. The first of these models I shall designate Model Zero. I intend a pejorative sense to this name, since the attitude represented by Model Zero is retrograde and offensive ...but nonetheless common. In this model, the word "professionalism" is a simple surrogate for compliant uniformity.

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 154.94 x 234.95 x 21.59mm | 598.74g
  • 01 Jun 1997
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Berlin
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
  • 11 black & white illustrations, biography
  • 3540760415
  • 9783540760412

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