Ethics and professionalism. The current state of affairs

A session at SPA 2012

Wednesday 4th July, 2012

1:45pm to 3:00pm (GMT)

One-line description: A brainstorming about the role of ethics and professionalism in software development

Session format: Goldfish bowl (75 mins)

Abstract:We know how important software is in the modern world. Almost every thing we use nowadays has some software running inside.

However, writing code is not a profession--there aren't laws (in most countries) that require training or any formal qualification to be allowed to do that--and, as a result, programmers are not bound to abide to any code of ethics, and are rarely legally responsible for damages caused by their code.

Also, according to some, software projects are riddled with unethical behaviour (see http://drdobbs.com/architecture-... and the "The Dark Side of Software Engineering" book by Robert Glass).

This session aims at exploring this subject further, at shedding some light at what the current situation really is, and at proposing some possible ways to alleviate the problems we are facing.

Audience background: Everybody involved in the production of software at all levels.

Benefits of participating: Ideally, after the session the participants should have a better appreciation of the issues around ethics and professionalism and the impact they may have in they daily jobs.

Materials provided:Nothing specific. Only some information to get the conversation started

Process:A goldfish bowl. I'll take some notes to use to produce the outputs later.

About the speaker

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Giovanni Asproni

I help software companies and teams to become more successful. And I write code as well. bio from Twitter

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Time 1:45pm3:00pm GMT

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