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Paul Clarke
Peter Elger
Rory O'Connor


Computer Science

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Exploring the impact of situational context – A case study of a software development process for a microservices architecture (2016)

Abstract Over the decades, a variety of software development processes have been proposed, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. It is however widely accepted that there is no single process that is perfectly suited to all settings, thus a software process should be molded to the needs of its situational context. In previous work, we have consolidated a substantial body of related research into an initial reference framework of the situational factors affecting the software development process. Practitioners can consult this framework in order to profile their context, a step necessary for effective software process decision making. In this paper, we report on the findings from a case study involving process discovery in a small but successful and growing software development firm. In this organization, which has a focus on continuous software evolution and delivery, we also applied the situational factors reference framework, finding that context is a complex and key informant for software process decisions. Studies of this type highlight the role of situational context in software process definition and evolution, and they raise awareness not just of the importance of situational context, but also of the complexity surrounding software process contexts, a complexity which may not be fully appreciated in all software development settings.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Conference or Workshop Item
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Engineering and Computing: School of Computing
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> University of Limerick -> Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ireland -> University of Limerick -> LERO
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Software engineering
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Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Computer software

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Paul Clarke, Peter Elger, Rory O'Connor

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Paul Clarke
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 59
Peter Elger
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 4
Rory O'Connor
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 197