Balancing Software Product Investments

Sebastian Barney, Claes Wohlin, Aybuke Aurum

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The long-term sustainability of a software product depends on more than developing features. Priorities are placed on aspects that support the development of software, like software product quality (eg. ISO 9126), project constraints — time and cost, and even the development of intellectual capital (IC). A greater focus on any one aspect takes priority from another, but as each aspects delivers a different type of value managers have trouble comparing and balancing these aspects. This paper presents a method to help determine the balance between key priorities in the software development process. The method is applied to a new case study, that also combines with results from previous studies. The results show it is possible to compare features, quality, time, cost and IC in a comprehensive way, with the case study showing that participants perceive a change from a shorter-term product perspective to a longer-term organisation beneficial to the business.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-4842-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event3rd International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2009 - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Duration: 2009 Oct 152009 Oct 16

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1938-6451


Conference3rd International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering


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