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A Method for Balancing Short- and Long-Term Investments: Quality vs. Features
ABB Force Measurement. (BESS)
ABB Corporate Research.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2855-9220
2008 (English)In: EUROMICRO 2008 - Proceedings of the 34th EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, SEAA 2008, IEEE Computer Society , 2008, p. 175-182Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There are a number of conflicting forces between shortand long-term considerations for software release planning in industry. For example, from a business perspective it is usually desired with a short time-to-market. However, from software quality perspective it is usually desired to have a longer time-to-market such that the proper architectural mechanisms can be put in place, which in the long-term reduce development cost and addresses quality aspects. In this paper we outline some of these conflicting forces, with a focus on long-lived systems, and examplify how they impact product quality and time-to-market. In this paper we propose a simple, but useful, extensionof the release planning process that addresses these conflicting forces. The method is inspired from empirical data captured in a multiple case study involving 7 companies.

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IEEE Computer Society , 2008. p. 175-182
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-1395DOI: 10.1109/SEAA.2008.22ISI: 000262984400022Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-60349124006ISBN: 978-0-7695-3276-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-1395DiVA, id: diva2:54539
Conference
EUROMICRO 2008 - Proceedings of the 34th EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, SEAA 2008; Parma; Italy; 3 September 2008 through 5 September 2008
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2014-05-22Bibliographically 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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