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November Software SIG Meeting  

Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

Nov 24, 2009    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A Categorization of Ethical

Dilemmas in Software Engineering

by: Brian Berenbach

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 

Brian Berenbach is the technical manager of the requirements engineering competency center at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton and is an ACM distinguished engineer. His book, Software And Systems Requirements Engineering: In Practice has recently been published by McGraw-Hill. Mr. Berenbach has been involved, in various capacities, with the execution of very large industrial projects for over 35 years, and has taught computer science as an adjunct professor at several universities.


A name is a powerful thing. Naming a disease, for example allows doctors to identify and share information about it, hopefully leading to a cure, and even better, prevention. In the field of philosophy, certain behaviors are named to better identify them, e.g. �bandwagon effect�. In software engineering, no such names exist for cases of unprofessional behavior or ethical dilemmas. Even worse, practitioners sometimes engage in unprofessional or unethical behavior without realizing it. Unethical and unprofessional actions can perturb the software lifecycle, resulting in additional downstream unethical or unprofessional behavior. Propagated unprofessional or unethical behavior may occasionally have catastrophic consequences. In this talk, Brian will identify, categorize and name nine specific ethical and professional dilemmas in software engineering with the hope that giving such behavior a name will increase awareness and decrease the frequency with which they occur. These dilemmas are placed in the context of the IEEE code of conduct

See the November 2009 Software SIG Announcement for details and driving directons. The presentation will originate at the McLean facility, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between:

Note the new building and room at the FDA.

MITRE, room 1N100
7515 Colshire Drive
McLean, VA 22102
host: Scott Ankrum
cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson
cell: 240-429-3912




MITRE, room 1002
260 Industrial Way West
Eatontown, NJ 07724
host: Richard Eng
cell: 703-201-9112


MITRE, room 1M306
202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)
Bedford, MA 01730
host: Tim Rice
cell: 978-758-2704

If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)

Beginning with the October meeting, there will no longer be a free (800) dial-in number for remote users.  We will experiment with Skype.  More to come.

Registration: Click here to register.

You must register by noon on Monday, November 23. If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register.

To RSVP for FDA (Silver Spring), please indicate citizenshipIf not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address.  Allow two business days for registration before the meeting.

 For registration problems or further information contact Scott Ankrum at: or 703-983-6127

Sponsored Jointly By: The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Washington DC & Maryland Metro Section (509), Software Special Interest Group (SSIG); IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC & Northern Virginia Chapters; and Society for Software Quality (SSQ), Washington, DC Area Chapter. 

Members of the ASQ SSIG include software quality professionals, software engineers, and others interested in applying quality principles to the field of software development.  See our web page:  We meet every month, usually at the MITRE facility in Tyson�s Corner, Virginia, with VTC to other locations.