Kolloquium SoSe 2015
Dr. Tesfaye Biru, Ethiopia
When: Monday, 01.06.2015, 17:15
Where: Room D-125, Informatikum
This talk will be held in English.
Software Engineering as we practice it: a collaborative & reflective learning process perspective
This talk is based on the research work done to address the software development challenges in developing economies by means of context sensitive methodical approaches. Experience in this connection will be shared by highlighting: distinctive features of the software development projects, peculiar challenges faced by system development practitioners, typical causes of project failures, home-grown practices derived from complementary aspects of contemporary methods and processes. The talk will also portray a development approach that evolved from the work – along with experiences from attempts made to apply same in real-life projects. An attempt will be made to demonstrate: how the act of trying to solve a problem by introducing technology actually changes the nature of the problem and the behaviors as well as aspirations of the people using them; how novel scenarios emerge to system developers with respect to participatory and reflective approaches as the user communities build their confidence with the technology and its use; how context shapes and be shaped by the system implementation process as new (and particularly, unfamiliar with the technology) users take up the use of evolving technology and new applications.
Dr. Tesfaye Biru obtained his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the Department of Informatik, University of Hamburg in 2008; MSc in Information Science from the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK, in 1986, BSc in Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, in 1983. Dr. Biru, in collaboration with professional colleagues from Europe and America, played a pioneering role in the establishment of the IT PhD program at Addis Ababa University in 2007. He worked extensively with Prof. Dr. Christiane Floyd at the University of Hamburg and Prof. Dr. Gustav Pomberger at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, to strengthen software engineering programmes at various levels, including curriculum design, staff development, course delivery and research supervision. Dr. Tesfaye has a very long years of experience in teaching at tertiary level and practicing systems development for public and private organizations. He has also served in senior management positions at Addis Ababa University and Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Menzel, NatS