Agile Software Methods: State-of-the-Art

Agile Software Methods: State-of-the-Art

E. Mnkandla (Monash University, South Africa) and B. Dwolatzky (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-216-9.ch001
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This chapter is aimed at comprehensively analyzing and defining agile methodologies of software development from a software quality assurance perspective. A unique way of analyzing agile methodologies to reveal the similarities that the authors of the methods never tell you is introduced. The chapter starts by defining agile methodologies from three perspectives: a theoretical definition, a functional definition, and a contextualized definition. Then an agile quality assurance perspective is presented starting from a brief review of some of the traditional understandings of quality assurance to the innovations that agility has added to the world of quality. The presented analysis approach opens a window into an understanding of the state-of-the-art in agile methodologies and quality, and what the future could have in store for software developers. An understanding of the analysis framework for objectively analyzing and comparing agile methodologies is illustrated by applying it to three specific agile methodologies.

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Pekka Abrahamsson
Chapter 1
E. Mnkandla, B. Dwolatzky
This chapter is aimed at comprehensively analyzing and defining agile methodologies of software development from a software quality assurance... Sample PDF
Agile Software Methods: State-of-the-Art
Chapter 2
E. Berki, K. Siakas, E. Georgiadou
This chapter provides a basis for discussion and analysis of the quality characteristics of the agile information systems development (AISD)... Sample PDF
Agile Quality or Depth of Reasoning? Applicability vs. Suitability with Respect to Stakeholders' Needs
Chapter 3
T. Gilb, L. Brodie
Current agile methods could benefit from using a more quantified approach across the entire implementation process (that is, throughout development... Sample PDF
What's Wrong with Agile Methods? Some Principles and Values to Encourage Quantification
Chapter 4
V. Monochristou, M. Vlachopoulou
Collecting and analyzing user requirements is undoubtedly a really complicated and often problematic process in software development projects. There... Sample PDF
Requirements Specification using User Stories
Chapter 5
J. Rech
Software quality assurance is concerned with the efficient and effective development of large, reliable, and high-quality software systems. In agile... Sample PDF
Handling of Software Quality Defects in Agile Software Development
Chapter 6
A. Memon, Q. Xie
This chapter motivates the need for new agile model-based testing mechanisms that can keep pace with agile software development/evolution. A new... Sample PDF
Agile Quality Assurance Techniques for GUI-Based Applications
Chapter 7
L. Bendix
Software configuration management (SCM) is an essential part of any software project and its importance is even greater on agile projects because of... Sample PDF
Software Configuration Management in Agile Development
Chapter 8
P. Sfetsos, I. Stamelos
Theory and experience have shown that human factors are critical for the success of software engineering practices. Agile methods are even more... Sample PDF
Improving Quality by Exploiting Human Dynamics in Agile Methods
Chapter 9
O. Hazzan
This chapter presents a teaching framework for agile quality—that is, the way quality issues are perceived in agile software development... Sample PDF
Teaching Agile Software Development Quality Assurance
Chapter 10
J. Kile
Of great interest to software development professionals is whether the adaptive methods found in agile methodologies can be successfully implemented... Sample PDF
Agile Software Development Quality Assurance: Agile Project Management, Quality Metrics, and Methodologies
Chapter 11
S. Mark
This chapter describes the practice of test-driven development (TDD) and its impact on the overall culture of quality in an organization based on... Sample PDF
Test-Driven Development: An Agile Practice to Ensure Quality is Built from the Beginning
Chapter 12
B. Hwong
In the past few years, Siemens has gained considerable experience using agile processes with several projects of varying size, duration, and... Sample PDF
Quality Improvements from using Agile Development Methods: Lessons Learned
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