50 years of software engineering: challenges, results, and opportunities in its education

Krusche, Stephan; Scharlau, Bruce; Cajander, Åsa and Hughes, Janet (2018). 50 years of software engineering: challenges, results, and opportunities in its education. In: ITiCSE 2018 - 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, 2-4 Jul 2018, Larnaca, Cyprus, ACM Press, pp. 362–363.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3197091.3205848


2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the first conference on software engineering, organized by NATO, which took place in 1968 in Garmisch, Germany. At that time, the terms “software crisis” and “software engineering” have been coined. Both terms have accompanied and shaped computer science in research, practice and education over the last 50 years. This anniversary is reason enough to look back, what has been achieved, but also to look forward. In this panel discussion, the challenges seen at the time will be reflected from today’s perspective, and successes and real progress over the last 50 years will be discussed, with an emphasis on the education of software engineering. How close are teaching and learning aligned with industry needs and the daily tasks of software developers? Future challenges and necessary further developments will be discussed together with the plenary. The panel uses the fishbowl approach with one open space so that people from the audience can join the discussion.

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