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Glenn Vanderburg

Executive Director of Engineering at RE/MAX

Talk

Informal Methods in Software Engineering
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Topics:
software engineering
Level:
General

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Most of us have a stereotype associated with the word “engineering”: that it is formal, verifiable, and mathematical. But real-world engineering incorporates informal methods as well. Heuristics, exploration, trial and error, and even guesswork play a role in every engineering discipline, and especially so in software engineering. Nevertheless, it’s vital to maintain a rigorous approach, with suitable care and validation.

This talk presents a case study of responsibly applying informal methods in a software engineering context where formal methods are (at least for now) not much help. I will show how a team can pursue a careful, rigorous approach worthy of the name “engineering” in the absence of formal methods.


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