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The Connection between the Sustainability Impacts of Software Products and the Role of Software Engineers

  • Context: It is impossible to imagine our everyday and professional lives without software. Consequently, software products, especially socio-technical systems, have more or less obvious impacts on almost all areas of our society. For this purpose, a group of scientists worldwide has developed the Sustainability Awareness Framework (SusAF) which examines the impacts on five interrelated dimensions: social, individual, environmental, economic, and technical. According to this framework, we should design software to maintain or improve the Sustainability Impacts. Designing for sustainability is a major challenge that can profoundly change the field of activity – particular for Software Engineers. Objectives: The aim of the thesis work is to analyze the current role of Software Engineers and relate it to Sustainability Impacts of Software Products in order to contribute to this paradigm shift. This should provide a basis for follow-up works. The question in which direction exactly the Software Engineer should develop and how exactly this path can be followed is still owed by the scientific community. Perhaps universities will have to adapt the curriculum in the training of Software Engineers, politics could possibly initiate support programs in the field of sustainability for software companies, or maybe software sustainability certifications could emerge. In any case, Software Engineers must adapt to the times and acquire the necessary knowledge, the skills and the competencies. Results: The results of the dissertation are a better understanding of the needed paradigm shift of Software Engineers and comeplement the SusAF that to better support sustainability design. The extended SusAF is intended for both training and corporate use.

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Author:Dominic LammertGND
Parent Title (English):EASE 2021: Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, June 21-23, 2021,Trondheim, Norway
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2021
Release Date:2022/12/06
Tag:Role understanding; Software engineering; SusAF; Sustainability; Sustainability design
First Page:294
Last Page:299
Open-Access-Status: Closed Access 
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt