A systematic approach to the comparison of roles in the software development processes

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Yilmaz M., O'Connor R. V. , Clarke P.

12th International Conference on Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination, SPICE 2012, Palma, Spain, 29 - 31 May 2012, vol.290 CCIS, pp.198-209 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 290 CCIS
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-642-30439-2_18
  • City: Palma
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.198-209
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


The vision of building a successful software product requires teams of individuals equipped with a wide range of social and technical skills. Furthermore, by combining these skills with appropriate job roles, we should be able to improve the productivity of a software organization. In order to identify and compare different roles in software development activities, we conduct a systematic comparison of software development models, covering traditional approaches through to agile techniques. To compare the roles in the literature with industrial software landscapes, we use data from a survey conducted on 266 software practitioners to ascertain job roles in two middle size software companies, one of which uses traditional methods and in particular ISO/IEC 12207 for managing their software development activities while other uses a tailored agile methodology. In light of our interviews, we found that based on project specific needs, the roles used in industry vary significantly from the roles defined in literature. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.