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A systematic approach to the comparison of roles in the software development processes

Yilmaz, Murat and O'Connor, Rory and Clarke, Paul (2012) A systematic approach to the comparison of roles in the software development processes. In: 12th International Conference on Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination,, 29-31 May 2012, Palma, Spain. ISBN 978-3-642-30439-2

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The vision of building a successful software product requires teams of individuals equipped with a wide range of social and technical skills. Furthermore, by combining these skills with appropriate job roles, we should be able to improve the productivity of a software organization. In order to identify and compare different roles in software development activities, we conduct a systematic comparison of software development models, covering traditional approaches through to agile techniques. To compare the roles in the literature with industrial software landscapes, we use data from a survey conducted on 266 software practitioners to ascertain job roles in two middle size software companies, one of which uses traditional methods and in particular ISO/IEC 12207 for managing their software development activities while other uses a tailored agile methodology. In light of our interviews, we found that based on project specific needs, the roles used in industry vary significantly from the roles defined in literature.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:ISO/IEC 12207; SPI; VSE
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination. Communications in Computer and Information Science 290(8). Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-30439-2
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ID Code:17072
Deposited On:19 Jun 2012 14:42 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 22 Feb 2017 12:56

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