Web Engineering in Small Jordanian Web Development Firms: An XP Based Procses Model

Web Engineering in Small Jordanian Web Development Firms: An XP Based Procses Model

Haroon Altarawneh (Albalqa’ Applied University, Jordan) and Asim El-Sheikh (The Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Services, Jordan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-616-7.ch009
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Small firms do not have the managerial experience, the financial resources and the methodological know-how to manage web-based applications projects the way large firms do. Many small firms are unaware of existing software process assessment models and standards. There’s often the assumption that assessments conformant to these models and standards can be expensive and time consuming, and therefore difficult to perform in small companies. This chapter proposes a theoretical model for small Web project development and its special features in the context small Web firms, which are capable of being “tailor able” to the particular stage of organizational development of small Web firms . The process model derived form Web engineering best practices, real case studies from Jordanian Web firms and agile development methodologies (extreme programming) . This chapter also contains results tow surveys: a questionnaire to Web developers and interview with Web mangers in Jordan.The results reflect the Web industry situation in small Jordanian firms, and the major problems they face. Most of small Web projects in Jordan run over time and budget, due to the ad hoc development and the weakness of Web project management. The results showed that there is a weakness in applying Web engineering practices in small Jordanian Web development firms.

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