In this research we aimed to identify distinguishing factors in software releases. For this purpose we analyzed the metrics of 26 software projects. These projects were release-based deliveries from two stable, experienced development teams. During the measurement period both teams transformed from a plan-driven delivery model (waterfall) to an agile approach (Scrum). Overall, we observed that these small release-based projects differ largely from non-release-based projects. Our research indicates that a combination of release-based working, a fixed and experienced development team, and a steady heartbeat contribute to performances that can be characterized as best-practice. The main contribution of this paper is that we found five success factors (all reducing development complexity) that result in best-of-class performance for small software releases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 Joint Conference of the 23rd International Workshop on Software Measurement and the 8th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement
EditorsL. O'Conner
Place of PublicationPiscataway,NJ
PublisherIEEE
Pages137-146
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-5078-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 Joint Conference of the 23rd International Workshop on Software Measurement and the 2013 Eighth International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement (IWSM-MENSURA) - Ankara, Turkey
Duration: 23 Oct 201325 Oct 2013
http://www.iwsm-mensura.org/2013

Conference

Conference2013 Joint Conference of the 23rd International Workshop on Software Measurement and the 2013 Eighth International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement (IWSM-MENSURA)
Abbreviated titleIWSM-Mensura
CountryTurkey
CityAnkara
Period23/10/1325/10/13
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    Research areas

  • IT-metrics, Performance Measurement, Software engineering, Scrum, Productivity, Time-to-Market, Quality

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