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Predicting Value from Design

Speaker  Mary Shaw

Affiliation  Carnegie Mellon University

Host  John Spencer, Wolfram Schulte

Duration  01:20:13

Date recorded  3 December 2004

Early design decisions in software projects profoundly affect both the properties and the costs of the eventual implementation. It is much easier and cheaper to change these decisions during design than after implementation has yielded running code. Improvements in our ability to predict properties of an implementation without actually inspecting the code would enable software designers to better understand the consequences of early decisions and would facilitate comparison of design alternatives to a degree not currently possible. This talk will discuss some code-free predictive evaluation techniques and the challenges of harnessing them to provide a unified framework for reasoning about the overall value that should arise from a design.

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