Interview with Semih Bilgen


Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey



Interview with Prof Semih Bilgen

UYMS’16 Program Committee Chair

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Semih Bilgen is a 1973 graduate of METU Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department. He got his MS degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1976 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Manitoba University in 1982. He was with the Department of Management in METU from 1976 to 1984, and with the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of the same university from 1984 to 2014, with a brief interlude in 1992-93 in the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. His research interests have been in information systems, software engineering and in computer networking. Currently he is with the Computer Engineering Department of Yeditepe University in Istanbul. He has provided consulting service for many public and private organizations. A detailed CV may be accessed at: cse.yeditepe.edu.tr/~sbilgen


İpek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler):   Good morning Professor Bilgen. Can you give some information to PM World Journal readers about the significance of UYMS’16?

Semih Bilgen (Bilgen):     Yes. I sincerely thank you for giving me this opportunity.

The National Software Engineering Symposium (UYMS) to be held in Çanakkale on October 24-26 this year has been attracting a widening audience, not only from software engineering circles in the narrow technical sense, but also from project managers, information systems specialists, and management specialists, coming from a much broader spectrum of professionals and researchers in software-related endeavours.

UYMS started in 2003 as a bi-annual symposium, but due to increasing demand and participation, it has been organized annually since 2011. This year will be the 10’th reunion. It started as essentially an academic affair, and has now become a major get-together for researchers, practitioners and advanced users.

I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that today almost no profession is completely free from the influences of information technologies in general and software engineering in particular. The symposium provides a venue for awareness about current technologies and the research agenda at a national as well as global scale.

Özgüler: Does UYMS’16 have any special significance for professionals and researchers of project management?

Bilgen:         I would definitely respond in the affirmative: First of all, project management is, today, one of the most information-intensive, hence software-intensive professions at a global scale. That means recent developments in software technologies definitely reflect on project management approaches and techniques.

Secondly, but not less importantly, project management is one, if not the most significant, component of software engineering. While some professionals as well as authors may still see software engineering as simply a sophisticated term for advanced programming, a brief look at any respectable software engineering journal, academic program or professional organization will reveal that the software product is only as good as the organization by and process through which it is developed. More precisely, consistent product quality cannot be achieved without process maturity, in all industries, but more so in the software industry.

We all know that since the 1990’s, the concept of process quality has become central to the practice and theory of software engineering, and this directly connects to the realm of project management. Today, we are experiencing the integration of project management with software engineering in the application of agile techniques not only in the narrow sense of software development but more commonly in the planning, design and implementation of large scale integrated systems projects that may involve varying levels of low level program development.

In short, yes, UYMS is posing an ever stronger appeal for the project management community.


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About the Interviewer

İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey



İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014. She works as international correspondent at PMWJ. Before joining PMWJ, she worked for global multinational companies and leading local companies such as Coca Cola, Deloitte, Turkcell Superonline,Havelsan and TAV IT. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in managing various medium and large scale projects, programs and portfolios.

Her article named “When I Decided to Develop Multi Processing Project Manager’s System” was published in the book “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager”. She has published several articles in the PM World Journal and one in PMI’s PM Network magazine. Ipek is actively involved in sailing, writing and discovering new cultures. She can be contacted at [email protected].