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Hybrid software and system development in practice: waterfall, scrum, and beyond

  • Software and system development faces numerous challenges of rapidly changing markets. To address such challenges, companies and projects design and adopt specific development approaches by combining well-structured comprehensive methods and flexible agile practices. Yet, the number of methods and practices is large, and available studies argue that the actual process composition is carried out in a fairly ad-hoc manner. The present paper reports on a survey on hybrid software development approaches. We study which approaches are used in practice, how different approaches are combined, and what contextual factors influence the use and combination of hybrid software development approaches. Our results from 69 study participants show a variety of development approaches used and combined in practice. We show that most combinations follow a pattern in which a traditional process model serves as framework in which several fine-grained (agile) practices are plugged in. We further show that hybrid software development approaches are independent from the company size and external triggers. We conclude that such approaches are the results of a natural process evolution, which is mainly driven by experience, learning, and pragmatism.

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Author of HS ReutlingenMünch, Jürgen
Erschienen in:ICSSP'17 : proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Software and System Process : July 5-7, 2017, Paris, France
Publisher:The Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2017
Tag:agile software development; hybrid development approaches; software process; survey
Page Number:10
First Page:30
Last Page:39
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt