An empirical study of the evolution of an agile-developed software system

Capiluppi, Andrea and Fernandez-Ramil, Juan and Higman, J. and Sharp, H. C. and Smith, N. (2007) An empirical study of the evolution of an agile-developed software system. Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Software Engineering . pp. 511-518. ISSN 0270-5257

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICSE.2007.14

Abstract

We have analyzed evolution patterns over two and a half years for a system developed using eXtreme Programming. We find that the system shows a smooth pattern of growth overall, that (McCabe) code complexity is low, and that the relative amount of complexity control work (e.g. refactoring) is higher than in other systems we have studied. To interpret these results, we have drawn on qualitative data including the results of an observational study, records of progress and productivity, and comments on our findings from team members

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Additional Information:We have analyzed evolution patterns over two and a half years for a system developed using eXtreme Programming. We find that the system shows a smooth pattern of growth overall, that (McCabe) code complexity is low, and that the relative amount of complexity control work (e.g. refactoring) is higher than in other systems we have studied. To interpret these results, we have drawn on qualitative data including the results of an observational study, records of progress and productivity, and comments on our findings from team members
Keywords:Software development, Software Complexity
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G610 Software Design
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:1199
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:20 Sep 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:17

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