Process models of SDLCs: comparison and evolution
Rodríguez, L. and Mora, M. and Vargas Martin, M. and O'Connor, Rory and Alvarez, F. (2010) Process models of SDLCs: comparison and evolution. In: Rahman Syed, M. and Nessa Syed, S., (eds.) Handbook of Research on Modern Systems Analysis and Design Technologies and Applications. IGI Global, pp. 76-89. ISBN 978-1-59904-887-1
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The software engineering discipline has developed the concept of software process to guide development teams towards a high-quality end product to be delivered on-time and within the planned budget. Con- sequently, several software-systems development life-cycles (PM-SDLCs) have been theoretically formu- lated and empirically tested over the years. In this chapter, a conceptual research methodology is used to review the state of the art on the main PM-SDLCs formulated for software-intensive systems, with the aim to answer the following research questions: (a) What are the main characteristics that describe the PM-SDLCs?, (b) What are the common and unique characteristics of such PM-SDLCs?, and (c) What are the main benefits and limitations of PM-SDLCs from a viewpoint of a conceptual analysis? This research is motivated by a gap in the literature on comprehensive studies that describe and compare the main PM- SDLCs and organizes a view of the large variety of PM-SDLCs.
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