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The impact of situational context on the software development process – A Case study of a highly innovative start-up organization

Marks, Gerard and O'Connor, Rory and Clarke, Paul (2017) The impact of situational context on the software development process – A Case study of a highly innovative start-up organization. In: 17th International Conference on Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination (SPICE 2017), 4-5 Oct 2017, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

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Over the past six years, we have examined the impact of situational context of the software development process. Our early work involved the systematic development of a comprehensive situational factors reference framework. More recently, our efforts have focused on the application of this reference framework to different types of situational context. In this latest in a series of case studies, we examine the case of a small start-up organization, exploring in detail the process adopted. We also undertook a detailed evaluation of the situational context, carefully identifying the situational factors of greatest importance and how these factors have influenced the process design. The outcome of our case study confirms our earlier finding that a software development process is highly dependent on the organizational context. We also discovered some interesting new themes in this start-up environment, including the difficulty associated with prioritizing situational factors and the complexity that surrounds software process design. The role of organizational learning and feedback into improved development processes is also presented as a critical feature.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Software Development Process; Software Development Context; Agile; Lean; Process Selection
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 (CCIS) 770. Springer.
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Copyright Information:© 2017 Springer. 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
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland grant 13/RC/2094 t, Enterprise Ireland grant CF20133605
ID Code:22025
Deposited On:22 Sep 2017 09:38 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 22 Sep 2017 09:59

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