In this position paper we argue to reduce the ambition for a general theory of software engineering to that of a patchwork of middle-range theories about how artifacts can be used by practitioners. This proposal is placed in the wider context of the role of theory in the engineering sciences. A few suggestions are given for how to proceed along this way.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 3rd SEMAT Workshop on General Theories of Software Engineering, GTSE 2014|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- IS-Design science methodology
Wieringa, R. J. (2014). Towards middle-range usable design theories for software engineering. In Proceedings of the 3rd SEMAT Workshop on General Theories of Software Engineering, GTSE 2014 (pp. 1-4). New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/2593752.2593753