Human systems issues in software engineering

Zeiger, P.H. / Published 1990 / Article

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Citation: Zeiger, P.H. (1990). Human systems issues in software engineering. In K.E. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 5 (pp. 105-121). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Abstract: The architecture, design, and construction of computer software is a human activity. It is intensive in conception, imagination, description, and communication. As such, it is probably the most psychologically oriented of the engineering disciplines. This paper is devoted first to illuminating the salient features of this human activity from the point of view of Descriptive Psychology, with emphasis on the problems peculiar to software engineering. It is devoted secondly to promoting the use of Descriptive Psychology as a tool within the discipline of software engineering to cope with the formidable descriptive tasks encountered there.