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Developing support for agile and plan-driven methods
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Software development processes provide means to develop software in a structured and disciplined way. Although these processes provide support for how to develop software, there is still a challenge to successfully apply them in practice. Thus, there is a need to support management of software development processes so that their use generate as good results as possible. The thesis presents support for agile and plan-driven methods, which represent different approaches for developing software.

The support for agile methods was developed after performing a case study and a survey, in order to gather empirical data. The support for plan-driven methods was developed after applying a combination of research methods such as a controlled experiment, grounded theory and theoretical analysis.

The developed support for managing agile and plan-driven methods is based on the results from an extensive empirical basis consisting of five studies, with both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The developed support for agile methods consists of a set of guidelines for organizations to consider when introducing agile methods. The developed support for plan-driven methods concerns support for the Business Process Analyst role to manage its work in a software development context. Further, the Personal Software Process is allocated to several roles in order to increase its applicability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2005. , 228 p.
Report series / DSV, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 05:21
National Category
Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-554ISBN: 91-7178-194-3OAI: diva2:14420
Public defence
2005-12-16, Lecture room E, DSV, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00
QC 20101001Available from: 2005-12-09 Created: 2005-12-09 Last updated: 2010-10-01Bibliographically approved

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