This just in. Notice: no cost to attend the Silver Spring or McLean sessions.
A Categorization of Ethical Dilemmas in Software Engineering
by: Brian Berenswbach
Tuesday November 24, 2009
Brian Berenbach is the technical manager of the
requirements engineering competency center at Siemens
Corporate Research in Princeton and is an ACM
distinguished engineer. His book, Software And Systems
Requirements Engineering: In Practice has recently been
published by McGraw-Hill. Mr. Berenbach has been involved,
in various capacities, with the execution of very large
industrial projects for over 35 years, and has taught
computer science as an adjunct professor at several
A name is a powerful thing. Naming a disease, for example
allows doctors to identify and share information about it,
hopefully leading to a cure, and even better, prevention.
In the field of philosophy, certain behaviors are named to
better identify them, e.g. “bandwagon effect”. In software
engineering, no such names exist for cases of
unprofessional behavior or ethical dilemmas. Even worse,
practitioners sometimes engage in unprofessional or
unethical behavior without realizing it. Unethical and
unprofessional actions can perturb the software lifecycle,
resulting in additional downstream unethical or
unprofessional behavior. Propagated unprofessional or
unethical behavior may occasionally have catastrophic
consequences. In this talk, Brian will identify,
categorize and name nine specific ethical and professional
dilemmas in software engineering with the hope that giving
such behavior a name will increase awareness and decrease
the frequency with which they occur. These dilemmas are
placed in the context of the IEEE code of conduct.
6:30 PM – Networking and Pizza(*)
7:00 - 8:00 PM – Program
(*) There is no cost to attend at McLean and Silver Spring.
The presentation will originate at Eatontown with video tele-conferencing (VTC):
Note the new building and room at the FDA.
MITRE, room 1N100
7515 Colshire Drive
McLean, VA 22102
host: Scott Ankrum
cell: 240-731-7581 FDA, Bld 66, room G512
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson
MITRE, room 1002
260 Industrial Way West
Eatontown, NJ 07724
host: Richard Eng
cell: 703-201-9112 MITRE, room 1M306
202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)
Bedford, MA 01730
host: Tim Rice
If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)
Note: Beginning with the October meeting, there will no longer be a free (800) dial-in number for remote users. We will experiment with Skype. More to come.
See the full announcement flyer at this link for details & driving directions.
Registration Website: http://www.asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913
You must register by noon on Monday, November 23..
If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register.
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For registration problems or further information contact Scott Ankrum at: [log in to unmask] or 703-983-6127