Software Processes are Software too, Revisited: An Invited Talk on the Most Influential Paper of ICSE 9

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Leon J. Osterweil
19th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE '97), pages 540–548
ACM, New York, NY, USA

The ICSE 9 paper, "Software Processes are Software Too" suggests that software processes are themselves a form of software and that there are considerable benefits that will derive from basing a discipline of software process development on the more traditional discipline of application software development. This paper attempts to clarify some misconceptions about this original ICSE 9 suggestion and summarizes some research carried out over the past ten years that seems to confirm the original suggestion. The paper then goes on to map out some future research directions that seem indicated. The paper closes with some ruminations about the significance of the controversy that has continued to surround this work.