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Agile practices in regulated railway software development
System Development Department, Etteplan Industry AB, Västerås, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0921-0878
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5269-3900
2012 (English)In: 2012 IEEE 23rd International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering Workshops (ISSREW),: Proceeding, 2012, 355-360 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Complex software is becoming an important component of modern safety-critical systems. To assure the correct function of such software, the development processes are heavily regulated by international standards, often making the process very rigid, unable to accommodate changes, causing late integration and increasing the cost of development. Agile methods have been introduced to address these issues in several software domains, but their use in safety-critical applications remains to be investigated. This paper provides an initial analysis of agile practices in the context of software development for the European railway sector, regulated by the EN 50128 standard. The study complements previous studies on the use of agile methods in other regulated domains. A systematic mapping between EN 50128 requirements and agile practices showed that all practices support some objectives of the standard. Important supporting features recognized were focus on simple design, test automation, coding standards, continuous integration and validation. However, several problematic areas were also identified, including vague requirement analysis and change management. Most agile practices must be adapted to suit regulated software development and this analysis outlines a subset of the required changes. © 2012 IEEE.

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2012. 355-360 p.
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Proceedings - 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering Workshops, ISSREW 2012
Keyword [en]
Agile practices, EN 50128, Railway, Safety-critical systems, Software development processes, Software engineering
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-18233DOI: 10.1109/ISSREW.2012.80ISI: 000318043300078Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84873361291ISBN: 9780769549286 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-18233DiVA: diva2:605832
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23rd IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering Workshops, ISSREW 2012, 27 November 2012 through 30 November 2012, Dallas, TX
Available from: 2013-02-15 Created: 2013-02-15 Last updated: 2013-12-19Bibliographically approved

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