Pragmatic Software Innovation

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We understand software innovation as concerned with introducing innovation into the development of software intensive systems, i.e. systems in which software development and/or integration are dominant considerations. Innovation is key in almost any strategy for competitiveness in existing markets, for creating new markets, or for curbing rising public expenses, and software intensive systems are core elements in most such strategies. Software innovation therefore is vital for about every sector of the economy. Changes in software technologies over the last decades have opened up for experimentation, learning, and flexibility in ongoing software projects, but how can this change be used to facilitate software innovation? How can a team systematically identify and pursue opportunities to create added value in ongoing projects? In this paper, we describe Deweyan pragmatism as the philosophical foundation for Essence – a software innovation methodology – where unknown options and needs emerge as part of the development process itself. The foundation is illustrated via a simple example.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating Value for All Through IT : IFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2014, Aalborg, Denmark, June 2-4, 2014, Proceedings
EditorsPeter Axel Nielsen, Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)978-3-662-43458-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-662-43459-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventIFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT: TDIT - Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 2 Jun 20144 Jun 2014


ConferenceIFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT
SeriesI F I P Advances in Information and Communication Technology


  • Software innovation
  • Software development
  • Pragmatic philosophy
  • Deweyan pragmatism
  • Essence


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