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Changing situational contexts present a constant challenge to software developers.

Clarke, Paul and O'Connor, Rory (2015) Changing situational contexts present a constant challenge to software developers. In: 22nd European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement (EuroSPI 2015), 30 Sept - 2 Oct 2015, Ankara, Turkey. ISBN 978-3-319-24647-5

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A software process can take many forms and its optimality demands that it should be harmonised with the needs of the given software development situational context. This theoretical proposition is reasonably clear. However, the finer details of the interaction between the software process and the factors of the situational context are much less obvious. In previously published research, the authors have elaborated a reference framework that identifies the factors of a situational context that affect the software process [1]. In this paper, we report on the application of our reference framework in an examination of the changing nature of software development situational contexts. Our corresponding study of fifteen software development companies indicates that certain factors appear more subject to change than others. This finding is a potentially important insight that can help us with the recurring challenge of adapting the software process to changing circumstances.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Situational Context; Software Process; Software Process Adaptation
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:Systems, Software and Services Process Improvemen. Communications in Computer and Information Science 543. Springer Verlag. ISBN 978-3-319-24647-5
Publisher:Springer Verlag
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Copyright Information:© 2015 Springer. The original publication is available at
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ID Code:20988
Deposited On:26 Jan 2016 12:05 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 04 Feb 2016 11:51

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