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Investigating software process in practice: A grounded theory perspective

Coleman, Gerry and O'Connor, Rory (2008) Investigating software process in practice: A grounded theory perspective. Journal of Systems and Software, 81 (5). pp. 772-784. ISSN 0164-1212

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study of how software process and software process improvement (SPI) is applied in actual practice in the software industry using the indigenous Irish software product industry as a test-bed. The study used the grounded theory methodology to produce a theory, grounded in the field data, that explains how software processes are formed and evolve and when and why SPI is undertaken. Our research found that SPI programmes are implemented reactively and many software managers are reluctant to implement SPI best practice models because of the associated costs.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Software process improvement; Grounded theory; CMMI; ISO 9000; XP
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Publisher:Elsevier
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2007.07.027
Copyright Information:© 2008 Elsevier
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16737
Deposited On:11 Jan 2012 10:54 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 11 Jan 2012 10:54

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