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Key Aspects of Software Release Planning in Industry
ABB Force Measurement. (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.
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of the Australian Software Engineering Conference, ASWEC, IEEE Computer Society , 2008, p. 320-329Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Software release planning is the process of deciding what to include in future release(s) of a product. Basically the problem can be seen as a company-wide optimization problem involving many stakeholders where the goal is to maximize utilization of the often limited resources of a company and turn them into business benefit. Saliu and Ruhe have proposed a set of key aspects for release planning methods, of which only a subset have been validated in industry. In this paper we use the Saliu and Ruhe key aspects as a starting point for identifying key aspects of release planning. To do this we have performed a multiple case study involving 7 international industrial companies, all producers of software intensive products. Our contribution is (1) a more strict meaning of a release planning key aspect, (2) validation of some of the aspects proposed by Saliu and Ruhe, and (3) an extension of the key aspects. We also capture state-of-the-practice for release planning in industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society , 2008. p. 320-329
National Category
Computer Sciences
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-1393DOI: 10.1109/ASWEC.2008.4483220ISI: 000255154800033Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-50249102712ISBN: 978-0-7695-3100-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-1393DiVA, id: diva2:54535
Conference
19th Australian Software Engineering Conference, ASWEC 2008; Perth, WA; Australia; 25 March 2008 through 28 March 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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