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Software development as an experiment system : a qualitative survey on the state of the practice

  • An experiment-driven approach to software product and service development is gaining increasing attention as a way to channel limited resources to the efficient creation of customer value. In this approach, software functionalities are developed incrementally and validated in continuous experiments with stakeholders such as customers and users. The experiments provide factual feedback for guiding subsequent development. Although case studies on experimentation in industry exist, the understanding of the state of the practice and the encountered obstacles is incomplete. This paper presents an interview-based qualitative survey exploring the experimentation experiences of ten software development companies. The study found that although the principles of continuous experimentation resonated with industry practitioners, the state of the practice is not yet mature. In particular, experimentation is rarely systematic and continuous. Key challenges relate to changing organizational culture, accelerating development cycle speed, and measuring customer value and product success.

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Author of HS ReutlingenMünch, Jürgen
Erschienen in:Agile processes in software engineering and extreme programming : 16th International Conference, XP 2015, Helsinki, Finland, May 25-29, 2015, Proceedings
Place of publication:Cham
Editor:Casper Lassenius
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2015
Tag:continuous experimentation; customer feedback; experiment-driven software development; qualitative survey
Page Number:12
First Page:117
Last Page:128
PPN:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
DDC classes:005 Computerprogrammierung, Programme, Daten
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt