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Challenges in Flexible Safety-Critical Software Development -- An Industrial Qualitative Survey

Holmén Notander, Jesper LU ; Höst, Martin LU and Runeson, Per LU (2013) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement. 14th International Conference, PROFES 2013 7983. p.283-297
Abstract
Context. Development of safety-critical systems is mostly governed by process-heavy paradigms, while increasing demands on flexibility and agility also reach this domain. Objectives. We wanted to explore in more detail the industrial needs and challenges when facing this trend. Method. We launched a qualitative survey, interviewing engineers from four companies in four different industry domains. Results. The survey identifies human factors (skills, experience, and attitudes) being key in safety-critical systems development, as well as good documentation. Certification cost is related to change frequency, which is limiting flexibility. Component reuse and iterative processes were found to increase adaptability to changing customer needs.... (More)
Context. Development of safety-critical systems is mostly governed by process-heavy paradigms, while increasing demands on flexibility and agility also reach this domain. Objectives. We wanted to explore in more detail the industrial needs and challenges when facing this trend. Method. We launched a qualitative survey, interviewing engineers from four companies in four different industry domains. Results. The survey identifies human factors (skills, experience, and attitudes) being key in safety-critical systems development, as well as good documentation. Certification cost is related to change frequency, which is limiting flexibility. Component reuse and iterative processes were found to increase adaptability to changing customer needs. Conclusions. We conclude that agile development and flexibility may co-exist with safety-critical software development, although there are specific challenges to address. (Less)
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Software Engineering, Qualitative Survey, Safety-Critical Software
host publication
Lecture Notes in Computer Science/Product-Focused Software Process Improvement
editor
Heidrich, Jens; Oivo, Markku; Jedlitschka, Andreas; Baldassarre, Maria Teresa; ; ; and
volume
7983
pages
15 pages
publisher
Springer
conference name
Product-Focused Software Process Improvement. 14th International Conference, PROFES 2013
conference location
Paphos, Cyprus
conference dates
2013-06-12 - 2013-06-14
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  • wos:000342989700023
  • scopus:84884946145
ISSN
1611-3349
0302-9743
ISBN
978-3-642-39258-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-39259-7_23
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ENGROSS
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English
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yes
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  abstract     = {Context. Development of safety-critical systems is mostly governed by process-heavy paradigms, while increasing demands on flexibility and agility also reach this domain. Objectives. We wanted to explore in more detail the industrial needs and challenges when facing this trend. Method. We launched a qualitative survey, interviewing engineers from four companies in four different industry domains. Results. The survey identifies human factors (skills, experience, and attitudes) being key in safety-critical systems development, as well as good documentation. Certification cost is related to change frequency, which is limiting flexibility. Component reuse and iterative processes were found to increase adaptability to changing customer needs. Conclusions. We conclude that agile development and flexibility may co-exist with safety-critical software development, although there are specific challenges to address.},
  author       = {Holmén Notander, Jesper and Höst, Martin and Runeson, Per},
  editor       = {Heidrich, Jens and Oivo, Markku and Jedlitschka, Andreas and Baldassarre, Maria Teresa},
  isbn         = {978-3-642-39258-0},
  issn         = {1611-3349},
  keyword      = {Software Engineering,Qualitative Survey,Safety-Critical Software},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Paphos, Cyprus},
  pages        = {283--297},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  title        = {Challenges in Flexible Safety-Critical Software Development -- An Industrial Qualitative Survey},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39259-7_23},
  volume       = {7983},
  year         = {2013},
}