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Understanding the gap between software process practices and actual practice in very small companies

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dc.contributor.author Sánchez-Gordón, Mary-Luz
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Rory V.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-03T15:33:00Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5660
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description The full text of this article will not be available on ULIR until the embargo expires on the 7/9/2017
dc.description.abstract This paper reports on a grounded theory to study into software developers’ use of software development process in actual practice in the specific context of very small companies. This study was conducted in three very small software product companies located in Ecuador. The data collection was based on semi-structured qualitative interviews with software project managers, focus group with software developers and was supplemented by literature and documents studies. We interviewed two types of participants (managers and developers), so as to ensure that we elicited a holistic perspective of how they approached the software development process in actual practice. The goal was to study what practices are actually used and their opinion and attitude towards the potential adopting of an international standard (ISO/IEC 29110) specifically designed for very small companies. With the collected data we performed an analysis utilizing Grounded Theory coding techniques, as this methodology promotes the focus on uncovering the real concerns of the participants. This study highlighted three areas of concern: customer, software product and development tasks coordination and tracking. The findings in this study give an insight towards the work products as they relate to software development process practices in very small companies and the important factors that must be considered to assist project success. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Software Quality Journal;24 (3), pp. 549-570
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11219-015-9282-6
dc.rights The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com en_US
dc.subject grounded theory en_US
dc.subject software process en_US
dc.subject software process improvement en_US
dc.subject very small entity en_US
dc.title Understanding the gap between software process practices and actual practice in very small companies en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11219-015-9282-6
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2017-09-07
dc.embargo.terms 2017-09-07 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US


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