17th International Conference on
Information Systems Development (ISD2008)
Paphos, Cyprus
August 25-27, 2008


Keynote Speech

Towards an Understanding of ISD - Reflections on a 20 Year Long Journey

by Karlheinz Kautz (Monday, August 25th, 9:20-10:20)

Abstract
As a PhD student Karl participated in the first ISD conference (then known as Polish-Scandinavia Seminar on Current Trends in Information Systems Development Methodologies - Paraszyno, June 27-30, 1988). Since then he has become a professor in information systems development and software engineering. In his key note he is reviewing major trends in information systems development research and practice in the last 20 years which he (also) was a part of: from the prototyping approach as an answer to the structured engineering approaches in the1970ties over more defined software processes in the software process improvement and software quality movement in the 1990ties as a response to too much flexibility to currently agile approaches as a balanced reaction to the too disciplined and rigid Software Engineering Institute approach. On this journey he also passes by perspectives on ISD as an innovative and knowledge-intensive human activity.

Authorís biography
Karlheinz Kautz, Dr philos is professor in Systems Development & Software Engineering at Department of Informatics at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and the former Director of Studies of Europeís oldest course programme on Computer Science and Business Administration. Previously he has been employed as a senior researcher at the Norwegian Computing Center and as a lecturer at universities in Germany, Norway, England and Denmark. Since 2005 he is also a Visiting professor at the School of Information Systems, Technology & Management at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a founding member and a former chairman of the IFIP TC8 WG 8.6 on Diffusion, Transfer, and Implementation of Information Technology. He is a member of AIS. His research interests are in systems development and system development methodologies in practice, the diffusion and adoption of information technology innovations, the organizational impact of IT, knowledge management and software quality and process improvement. He has published in these areas in journals like the European Journal of IS, the Information Systems Journal, Information, Technology & People, the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, Software Process: Improvement and Practice, IEEE Software, Journal of Knowledge Management, the Journal of Information Systems, the Journal of Informing Science, the Journal of Information Technology Cases and Applications, Information and Software Technology.

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