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Towards a Capability Model for the Software Release Planning Process — Based on a Multiple Industrial Case Study
ABB Force Measurement, Sweden. (BESS)
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2855-9220
ABB Corporate Research, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: In Proc. 9th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement, Berlin / Heidelberg: Springer , 2008, p. 117-132Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Software release planning is an important activity for effectively identifying the customer needs generating best business, especially for incremental software development. In this paper we propose a capability model for improving the release planning process of an organization. Using this model it is possible to 1) determine the capabilities of an organization’s release planning process, and 2) identify areas for improvement. The model is based on empirical data from a multiple case study involving 7 industrial companies, all being producers of software intensive systems. We also provide examples of how the proposed capability model can be applied using the companies from the study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin / Heidelberg: Springer , 2008. p. 117-132
Series
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 1611-3349 ; 5089/2008
National Category
Computer Sciences
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-1394DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69566-0_12ISI: 000257182700009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-48249142748ISBN: 978-3-540-69564-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-1394DiVA, id: diva2:54537
Conference
9th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, PROFES 2008; Monte Porzio Catone; Italy; 23 June 2008 through 25 June 2008
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2018-08-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Towards a Capability Model for Release Planning of Software Intensive Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a Capability Model for Release Planning of Software Intensive Systems
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Release planning is an early product development activity concerned with deciding which features and quality improvements that should be pursued in product development projects, i.e., it is an activity which in large parts decide how the development budget of a company is allocated.

This thesis investigates release planning for long-lived software intensivesystems; systems which contain software, electronics, and mechanics, and which have a life-cycle of 10-20 years. In performing release planning for these kind of systems, the existing system, including its architecture, often represent a large investment which has impact on which features and quality improvements that are cost-efficient to include in a future release. However, in industry today, little attention is given to the existing system during planning, resulting in decisions being based on uncertain information, and thereby increasing the risk of problems in the development projects.

This thesis is based on a multiple case study involving seven industrialcompanies developing and producing long-lived software intensive systems. There are several contributions in this thesis, aimed at understanding and improving the release planning process: (1) validation of previous research related to key-aspects for release planning including identification of short- and long-term planning as a new key-aspect; (2) the capture of state-of-the-practice for release planning in industry; (3) a proposal for a capability model for release planning, which can be used to assess the capabilities of a company's release planning process, but also for identifying process improvement possibilities; and (4) a process for how to decide the balance between investments in features and quality improvements, developed based on the practices used at two of the most capable companies in the study. Finding such a balance is important since adding new features may attract new potential customers, while improving the quality for existing customers can reduce costs of poor quality.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalens högskola, 2008
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 67
Keywords
software architecture
National Category
Computer Sciences
Research subject
Datavetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-1206 (URN)978-91-86135-06-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-11-21, Gamma, Högskoleplan 1, Västerås, Mälardalens Högskola, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2008-10-13 Created: 2008-10-08 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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