Catching up with Method and Process Practice: An Industry-Informed Baseline for Researchers

J. Klünder, R. Hebig, P. Tell, Marco Kuhrmann, J. Nakatumba-Nabende, R. Heldal, S. Krusche, M. Fazal-Baqaie, M. Felderer, M. F. Genero Bocco, S. Küpper, S. A. Licorish, G. Lopez, F. McCaffery, Ö. Özcan Top, C. R. Prause, R. Prikladnicki, E. Tüzün, D. Pfahl, K. SchneiderS. G. MacDonell

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Software development methods are usually not applied by the book. Companies are under pressure to continuously deploy software products that meet market needs and stakeholders' requests. To implement efficient and effective development processes, companies utilize multiple frameworks, methods and practices, and combine these into hybrid methods. A common combination contains a rich management framework to organize and steer projects complemented with a number of smaller practices providing the development teams with tools to complete their tasks. In this paper, based on 732 data points collected through an international survey, we study the software development process use in practice. Our results show that 76.8% of the companies implement hybrid methods. Company size as well as the strategy in devising and evolving hybrid methods affect the suitability of the chosen process to reach company or project goals. Our findings show that companies that combine planned improvement programs with process evolution can increase their process' suitability by up to 5%.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice (ICSE-SEIP)
Number of pages10
Publication date1 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019
EventICSE 2019 41st ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering - Fairmont Hotel, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 25 May 201931 May 2019


ConferenceICSE 2019 41st ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering
LocationFairmont Hotel
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