Value-based Engineering for Ethics by Design
Value-based Engineering is a process-based method to systematically consider human values in IT system engineering. The method does not propagate a specific list of value principles, but instead promotes a list of action principles or duties. It shows companies and institutions how to elicit, conceptualize, prioritize and integrate their context-specific human and social values into their system(s). Value-based Engineering integrates the research and practice of decades of system- and software engineering knowledge, value sensitive design, design thinking and participatory design. Equally it is philosophically grounded and rooted in material value-ethics.
Value-based Engineering was first proposed in an early version in 2015 and has evolved since then in line with the IEEE P7000 project. IEEE P7000 is a process model which addresses ethical considerations throughout the various stages of system initiation, analysis and design. It is publicly available in its 3rd draft-form (D3) on the IEEE SA website. The principles of action conceptualized in Value-based Engineering are corresponding to the activities and tasks in IEEE P7000.