Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 12, Number 13, July 2022

Integrating Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects into Common Procedure Models


Sascha Alpers, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, Germany


Many different procedure models can be applied to the management of software development projects. Such models also consider the ascertainment and management of requirements – based on very different agile or classic approaches. The framework provided in particular by ethical aspects, legal constraints and social technology design issues (ELSA or ELSI) is not explicitly addressed in procedure models, which is why approaches such as the IEEE Standard Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns during System Design (IEEE7000-2021) have been developed. However, the lack of explicit integration of these issues into common process models such as SCRUM or V-ModellXT implies a lack of necessary space for reflection on ELSA within development projects. The article discusses this problem and highlights possible solutions for further discourse.


Procedure model, ethics, law, social technology design.