Process Models of SDLCs: Comparison and Evolution

Process Models of SDLCs: Comparison and Evolution

Laura C. Rodriguez (Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Mexico), Manuel Mora (Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Mexico), Miguel Vargas Martin (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada), Rory O’Connor (Dublin City University, Ireland) and Francisco Alvarez (Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Mexico)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-887-1.ch005
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The software engineering discipline has developed the concept of software process to guide development teams towards a high-quality end product to be delivered on-time and within the planned budget. Consequently,several software-systems development life-cycles (PM-SDLCs) have been theoretically formulated and empirically tested over the years. In this chapter, a conceptual research methodology is used to review the state of the art on the main PM-SDLCs formulated for software-intensive systems, with the aim to answer the following research questions: (a) What are the main characteristics that describe the PM-SDLCs?, (b) What are the common and unique characteristics of such PM-SDLCs?, and (c) What are the main benefits and limitations of PM-SDLCs from a viewpoint of a conceptual analysis? This research is motivated by a gap in the literature on comprehensive studies that describe and compare the main PMSDLCs and organizes a view of the large variety of PM-SDLCs.

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