The proposal of adding a society value to the software process improvement manifesto

Rahanu, Harjinder ORCID logoORCID:, Loveday, Joanna ORCID logoORCID:, Siakas, Errikos, Georgiadou, Elli, Siakas, Kerstin V. and Ross, Margaret (2022) The proposal of adding a society value to the software process improvement manifesto. Yilmaz, Murat, Clarke, Paul, Messanarz, Richard and Wöran, Bruno, eds. Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: 29th European Conference, EuroSPI 2022, Salzburg, Austria, August 31 – September 2, 2022, Proceedings. In: EuroSPI 2022: European Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement and Innovation Conference, 31 Aug - 02 Sept 2022, Salzburg, Austria. pbk-ISBN 9783031155581, e-ISBN 9783031155598. ISSN 1865-0929 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1007/978-3-031-15559-8_47)

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The use of computers has become ubiquitous and spread out to every part of our personal lives and businesses. Computer Ethics focuses on the questions of right and wrong that arise from the development and deployment of computers. Thus, it urges that the social impact of computers must be analysed. In software engineering, the Software Process Improvement (SPI) Manifesto was developed by groups of experts in the field and aimed to improve the software produced, by improving the process, the attitudes of software engineers, and the organisational culture and practices. The manifesto is centred on three basic values: people, business focus and organisational change, underpinning the philosophy of software process improvement; and ten corresponding principles, which serve as foundations for action.

In this paper, we argue that SPI professionals, need to, in addition to fulfilling duties to the Organisation, the Business, the Employees who participate in SPI, and the People who will be most affected, broaden their obligations to include wider society. The impact of developed and deployed software systems is often beyond the organisation and affects the daily lives and activities of citizens in society.

This paper argues for the inclusion, in the SPI Manifesto, of a fourth value titled Society, along with six corresponding principles. These half-dozen principles are based on traditional moral and ethical concepts, sourced from the field of Computer Ethics. This proposed revision to the SPI manifesto would explicitly espouse the notion of serving the public interest. It will likely help SPI professionals to remember that working in the public interest is also important in Software Process Improvement, thus, making the duty to society clear and obvious or evident.

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Additional Information: Rahanu, H., Loveday, J., Siakas, E., Georgiadou, E., Siakas, K., Ross, M. (2022). The Proposal of Adding a Society Value to the Software Process Improvement Manifesto. In: Yilmaz, M., Clarke, P., Messnarz, R., Wöran, B. (eds) Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement. EuroSPI 2022. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1646. Springer, Cham.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 36381
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Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2022 14:34
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