Parallel changes in large scale software development: An observational case study

Dewayne E. Perry, Harvey P. Siy, Lawrence G. Votta

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Abstract

An essential characteristic of large scale software development is parallel development by teams of developers. How this parallel development is structured and supported has a profound effect on both the quality and timeliness of the product. We conduct an observational case study in which we collect and analyze the change and configuration management history of a legacy system to delineate the boundaries of, and to understand the nature of, the problems encountered in parallel development. The results of our studies are 1) that the degree of parallelism is very high-higher than considered by tool builders; 2) there are multiple levels of parallelism and the data for some important aspects are uniform and consistent for all levels; and 3) the tails of the distributions are long, indicating the tail, rather than the mean, must receive serious attention in providing solutions for these problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
Editors Anon
Pages251-260
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 International Conference on Software Engineering - Kyoto, Jpn
Duration: Apr 19 1998Apr 25 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)0270-5257

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1998 International Conference on Software Engineering
CityKyoto, Jpn
Period4/19/984/25/98

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Perry, D. E., Siy, H. P., & Votta, L. G. (1998). Parallel changes in large scale software development: An observational case study. In Anon (Ed.), Proceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering (pp. 251-260). (Proceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE.1998.671134