Safety-Critical Systems and Agile Development: A Mapping Study
Paper i proceeding, 2018

In the last decades, agile methods had a huge impact on how software is developed. In many cases, this has led to significant benefits, such as quality and speed of software deliv- eries to customers. However, safety-critical systems have widely been dismissed from benefiting from agile methods. Products that include safety critical aspects are therefore faced with a situation in which the development of safety-critical parts can significantly limit the potential speed-up through agile methods, for the full product, but also in the non-safety critical parts. For such products, the ability to develop safety-critical software in an agile way will generate a competitive advantage. In order to enable future research in this important area, we present in this paper a mapping of the current state of praxis based on a mixed method approach. Starting from a workshop with experts from six large Swedish product development companies we develop a lens for our analysis. We then present a systematic mapping study on safety-critical systems and agile development through this lens in order to map potential benefits, challenges, and solution candidates for guiding future research.

continuous inte- gration


Safety-critical systems

systematic mapping study

continuous deployment

continuous delivery



Makerere University

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

Eric Knauss

Göteborgs universitet

Benjamin Kanagwa

Makerere University

Agneta Nilsson

Göteborgs universitet

Gul Calikli

Göteborgs universitet

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