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Agile Approaches to Software Maintenance: An exploratory Study of Practitioner views

Agile Approaches to Software Maintenance: An exploratory Study of Practitioner views
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Author(s): Warren Reyes (Deakin University, Australia), Ross Smith (Deakin University, Australia) and Bardo Fraunholz (Deakin University, Australia)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch062
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Whilst there has been some research into the application of agile approaches to the world of software maintenance, in this paper it is argued that there has not been a coherent investiga-tion that focuses on the collection and analysis of the views and perceptions of agile software maintenance approaches held by experienced software maintenance professionals. In this paper, we report such an exploratory investigation, which has seeded the development of a simple framework for classifying collected views and perceptions. Specifically, a matrix framework has been introduced, to facilitate comparison of the levels of understanding of the issues affecting an agile adoption decision, and the extent to which an agile approach has been implemented. Examples of organizations operating in all four cells of this matrix have been presented.

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