Progress Report on a Proposed Theory for Software Development

Diana Kirk, Stephen MacDonell

Abstract

There is growing acknowledgement within the software engineering community that a theory of software development is needed to integrate the myriad methodologies that are currently popular, some of which are based on opposing perspectives. We have been developing such a theory for a number of years. In this position paper, we overview our theory along with progress made thus far. We suggest that, once fully developed, this theory, or one similar to it, may be applied to support situated software development, by providing an overarching model within which software initiatives might be categorised and understood. Such understanding would inevitably lead to greater predictability with respect to outcomes.

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Kirk D. and MacDonell S. (2015). Progress Report on a Proposed Theory for Software Development . In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Software Paradigm Trends - Volume 1: ICSOFT-PT, (ICSOFT 2015) ISBN 978-989-758-115-1, pages 161-167. DOI: 10.5220/0005552401610167


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@conference{icsoft-pt15,
author={Diana Kirk and Stephen MacDonell},
title={Progress Report on a Proposed Theory for Software Development},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Software Paradigm Trends - Volume 1: ICSOFT-PT, (ICSOFT 2015)},
year={2015},
pages={161-167},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005552401610167},
isbn={978-989-758-115-1},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Software Paradigm Trends - Volume 1: ICSOFT-PT, (ICSOFT 2015)
TI - Progress Report on a Proposed Theory for Software Development
SN - 978-989-758-115-1
AU - Kirk D.
AU - MacDonell S.
PY - 2015
SP - 161
EP - 167
DO - 10.5220/0005552401610167