Software Engineering Method and Theory (SEMAT)


Call for Action

Software engineering is today gravely hampered by immature practices. Specific problems include:

  • The prevalence of fads more typical of the fashion industry than of an engineering discipline.
  • The huge number of methods and method variants, with differences little understood and artificially magnified.
  • The lack of a sound, widely accepted theoretical basis.
  • The lack of credible experimental evaluation and validation.
  • The split between industry practice and academic research.

We support a process to refound software engineering based on a solid theory, proven principles and best practices that:

  • Include a kernel of widely-agreed elements, extensible for specific uses
  • Address both technology and people issues
  • Are supported by industry, academia, researchers and users
  • Support extension in the face of changing requirements and technology

Organisation (

Advisory Board

Members of the Advisory Board are Ivar Jacobson, Bertrand Meyer, Richard Soley.

Executive Committee

Members: June Sung Park (chairman), Arne-Jorgen Berre, Michael Goedicke, Shihong Huang, Mira Kajko-Mattsson, Paul McMahon, Ian Michael Spence.

Regional Chapters

Regional Chpaters have been established in various parts of the world, including South Africa (

SA Chapter Committee Members: Alistair le Roux, Barry Dwolatzky, Barry Myburgh, Ernest Mnkandla, Fritz Solms, Gean Boegman, Morkel Theunissen, Peter Scheffel, Richard Oates, Sifiso Motha and Tony van der Linden

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