Catching up with Method and Process Practice: An Industry-Informed Baseline for Researchers
Paper i proceeding, 2019

Software development methods are usually not applied by the book.companies are under pressure to continuously deploy software products that meet market needs and stakeholders' requests. To implement efficient and effective development processes, companies utilize multiple frameworks, methods and practices, and combine these into hybrid methods. A common combination contains a rich management framework to organize and steer projects complemented with a number of smaller practices providing the development teams with tools to complete their tasks. In this paper, based on 732 data points collected through an international survey, we study the software development process use in practice. Our results show that 76.8% of the companies implement hybrid size as well as the strategy in devising and evolving hybrid methods affect the suitability of the chosen process to reach company or project goals. Our findings show that companies that combine planned improvement programs with process evolution can increase their process' suitability by up to 5%.

software Development

Survey Research

Software Process

Hybrid Methods


Jil Klünder

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Regina Hebig

Göteborgs universitet

Paolo Tell

Köpenhamns universitet

Marco Kuhrmann

Technischen Universität Clausthal

Joyce Nakatumba-Nabende

Makerere University

Rogardt Heldal

Göteborgs universitet

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, CSE Verksamhetsstöd

Stephan Krusche

Technische Universität München

Masud Fazal-Baqaie

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM

Michael Felderer

University of Innsbruck

Marcela Fabiana Genero Bocco

Universidad de Castilla, La Mancha

Steffen Küpper

Technischen Universität Clausthal

S. A. Licorish

University of Otago

Gustavo Lopez

Universidad de Costa Rica

Fergal McCaffery

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Ozden Ozcan Top

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Christian R. Prause

DLR Space Administration

Rafael Prikladnicki

Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul

Eray Tuzun

Bilkent Universitesi

Dietmar Pfahl

Tartu Ülikool

Kurt Schneider

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Stephen G. MacDonell

Auckland University of Technology

Proceedings - 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice, ICSE-SEIP 2019

Vol. May 2019 255-264 8804460

41st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice, ICSE-SEIP 2019
Montreal, Canada,


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