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An Empirical Study of the Evolution of an Agile-Developed Software System

Capiluppi, A.; Fernandez-Ramil, J.; Higman, J.; Sharp, H.C. and Smith, N. (2007). An Empirical Study of the Evolution of an Agile-Developed Software System. In: 29th International Conference on Software Engineering, 20-26 May 2007, Minneapolis, USA.

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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.

Item Type: Conference Item
ISSN: 0270-5257
Keywords: agile methods, empirical study, extreme programming, complexity, software engineering, software maintenance
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 8241
Depositing User: Juan Fernandez-Ramil
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 16:37
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