The waterfall model in large-scale development

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Kai Petersen, Claes Wohlin, Dejan Baca
Title: The waterfall model in large-scale development
Conference name: 10th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement
Year: 2009
Pagination: 386-400
ISBN: 978-3-642-02151-0
Publisher: Springer
City: Oulu
ISI number: 000267795400029
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: Waterfall development is still a widely used way of working
in software development companies. Many problems have been reported related to the model. Commonly accepted problems are for example to cope with change and that defects all too often are detected too late in the software development process. However, many of the problems mentioned in literature are based on beliefs and experiences, and not on empirical evidence. To address this research gap, we compare the problems in literature with the results of a case study at Ericsson AB in Sweden, investigating issues in the waterfall model. The case study aims at validating or contradicting the beliefs of what the problems are in waterfall development through empirical research.
Subject: Computer Science\General
Keywords: waterfall, case study, software process