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Assessing the effects of introducing a new software development process: a methodological description

Journal article
Authors Agneta Nilsson
Laura M. Castro
Samuel Rivas
Thomas Arts
Published in International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer
Volume 17
ISSN 1433-2779
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Language en
Links doi.org/10.1007/s10009-013-0275-0
Keywords Change assessment, Process change, Process improvement, Software development process
Subject categories Software Engineering

Abstract

© 2013, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. In this article, we report from a 22-months long action research study in which we evaluate the usefulness of a set of software development tools in an industrial setting, a small software company. We focus on how developers in the industry use and adopt these tools, what expectations they have on them, how the tools can be improved, and how the adoption process itself can be improved. We describe these change processes from a methodological perspective, how we monitored the processes, how we reviewed the outcomes, and the strategies that we applied. We show how the processes evolved, intermediate results, and the steps that were taken along the way based on the outcomes. We believe that the described study may inspire other tool-developers and/or researchers to organize similar studies to further our understanding of the complex processes involved in the adoption of software development tools in industry.

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