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Software development processes for games: a systematic literature review

Osbourne-O'Hagan, Ann and Coleman, Gerry and O'Connor, Rory (2014) Software development processes for games: a systematic literature review. In: 21th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement (EuroSPI 2014), 25-27 June 2014, Luxembourg.

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This paper describes the methodology and results from a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) of the software processes used in game development. A total of 404 papers were analyzed as part of the review and the various process models that are used in industry and academia/research are presented. Software Process Improvement (SPI) initiatives for game development are dis-cussed. The factors that promote or deter the adoption of process models, and implementing SPI in practice are highlighted. Our findings indicate that there is no single model that serves as a best practice process model for game development and it is a matter of deciding which model is best suited for a particular game. Agile models such as Scrum and XP are suited to the knowledge intensive domain of game development where innovation and speed to market are vital. Hybrid approaches such as reuse can also be suitable for game development where the risk of the upfront investment in terms of time and cost is mitigated with a game that has stable requirements and a longer lifespan.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Game Development; Software Process; Software Process Improvement (SPI); Software Engineering; Systematic Literature Review (SLR)
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement. Communications in Computer and Information Science 425.
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Copyright Information:© 2014 Springer-Verlag The original publication is available at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20014
Deposited On:01 Jul 2014 14:47 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 24 Oct 2016 11:05

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