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Software process in practice: a grounded theory of the Irish software industry

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dc.contributor.author Coleman, Gerry
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Rory V.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-19T11:38:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-19T11:38:53Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2676
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper presents the results of a Grounded Theory study of how software process and software process improvement (SPI) is applied in the practice of software development. This study described in this paper focused on what is actually happening in practice in the software industry. Using the indigenous Irish software product industry as a test-bed, we examine the approaches used to develop software by companies at various stages of growth. The study used the grounded theory methodology and the results produce a picture of software process usage, with the outcome being a theory, grounded in the field data, that explains how software processes are formed and evolve, and when and why SPI is undertaken. The grounded theory is based on two conceptual themes, Process Formation and Process Evolution, and one core theoretical category, Cost of Process. Our research found that SPI programmes are implemented reactively and that many software managers reject SPI because of the associated implementation and maintenance costs and are reluctant to implement SPI models such as ISO 9000 and CMMI. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Euro SPI LNCS, Richardson I & Messnarz R, (editors);4257, pp. 28-39
dc.rights The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com en_US
dc.subject software process en_US
dc.subject SPI en_US
dc.subject software development en_US
dc.title Software process in practice: a grounded theory of the Irish software industry en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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