Monday, January 29, 2007

Software Engineering Ethics

I hadn't read the Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice since I was introduced to it in grad school (only got 1/3 of the way through - perhaps I'll finish some day).

We were required to sign it. I think that was good.

Anyway, since you probably won't click it, here is the short version. If you want the long version, well click it. And you should sign it too. I'm also adding it to my blog as a link to remind myself to be a good dude. On some days I certainly need a reminder.

Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Short Version Preamble

The short version of the code summarizes aspirations at a high level of the abstraction; the clauses that are included in the full version give examples and details of how these aspirations change the way we act as software engineering professionals. Without the aspirations, the details can become legalistic and tedious; without the details, the aspirations can become high sounding but empty; together, the aspirations and the details form a cohesive code.

Software engineers shall commit themselves to making the analysis, specification, design, development, testing and maintenance of software a beneficial and respected profession. In accordance with their commitment to the health, safety and welfare of the public, software engineers shall adhere to the following Eight Principles:

1. PUBLIC Software engineers shall act consistently with the public interest.

2. CLIENT AND EMPLOYER Software engineers shall act in a manner that is in the best interests of their client and employer consistent with the public interest.

3. PRODUCT Software engineers shall ensure that their products and related modifications meet the highest professional standards possible.

4. JUDGMENT Software engineers shall maintain integrity and independence in their professional judgment.

5. MANAGEMENT Software engineering managers and leaders shall subscribe to and promote an ethical approach to the management of software development and maintenance.

6. PROFESSION Software engineers shall advance the integrity and reputation of the profession consistent with the public interest.

7. COLLEAGUES Software engineers shall be fair to and supportive of their colleagues.

8. SELF Software engineers shall participate in lifelong learning regarding the practice of their profession and shall promote an ethical approach to the practice of the profession.

2 comments:

Sarge said...

So much for Grand Theft Auto: Silicon Valley...

Seriously, though, I think the ideas behind this are admirable and I certainly agree with them. But codes of ethics, especially those signed as a precondition, don't really have much power. Either the individual has the ethics, in which case signing is irrelevant, or the individual hasn't the ethics, in which case signing is irrelevant.

fuzzy said...

Yeah you are right. I'll settle down now.

Aaaanyways . . .