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Balancing agility and discipline in a medical device software organisation

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Show simple item record Mc Hugh, Martin Mc Caffery, Fergal Fitzgerald, Brian Stol, Klaas-Jan Casey, Valentine Coady, Garret 2013-07-02T11:38:15Z 2013-07-02T11:38:15Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Agile development techniques are becoming increasingly popular in the generic software development industry as they appear to offer solutions to the problems associated with following a plan-driven Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). However, agile methods may not be suited to all industries or organisations. For agile methods to succeed, an organisation must be structured in a way to accommodate agile methods. Medical device software development organisations are bound by regulatory constraints and as a result face challenges when they try to completely follow an agile methodology, but can reap significant benefits by combining both agile and plan-driven SDLC such as the Waterfall or V-Model. This paper presents an analysis of a medical device software development organisation based in Ireland, which is considering moving to agile software development techniques. This includes the performing of a Home-Ground Analysis to determine how agile or disciplined1 the organisation currently is. Upon completion of the Home-Ground Analysis recommendations were made to the organisation as to how they could tailor their existing structure to better accommodate agile development techniques. These recommendations include adopting agile practices such as self-organising teams to promote a culture of “chaos” within the organisation. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the 13th International SPICE Conference. [Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination Communications in Computer and Information Science];349, pp. 199-210
dc.rights The original publication is available at en_US
dc.subject agile en_US
dc.subject medical en_US
dc.subject home-ground analysis en_US
dc.title Balancing agility and discipline in a medical device software organisation 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.relation.projectid 07/SK/I1299 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 08/IN.1/I2030 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 10/CE/I1855 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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