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The best of adaptive and predictive methodologies: open source software development, a balance between agility and discipline


The best of adaptive and predictive methodologies: open source software development, a balance between agility and discipline

Okoli, Chitu and Carillo, Kevin (2012) The best of adaptive and predictive methodologies: open source software development, a balance between agility and discipline. International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 11 (1-2). pp. 153-166. ISSN 1741-5179

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Open source software development (OSSD) is a promising alternative for synthesizing agile and plan-driven (e.g. waterfall) software development methodologies that retains most benefits of the two approaches. We contrast the traditional systems development life cycle approach, more recent agile software development methods, and OSSD. We compare the first two approaches with OSSD, highlighting its synthesis of benefits from both, with unique benefits of its own, offering solutions to areas where the other methodologies continue to face difficulties. OSSD is highly responsive to user needs, and draws talent from a global team of developers. OSSD is a low-risk methodology with potentially high return on investment. While not appropriate for all applications, especially those where the needed applications are extremely idiosyncratic to one company, it is nonetheless a valuable asset in an organization’s portfolio of software development solutions.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems
Item Type:Article
Authors:Okoli, Chitu and Carillo, Kevin
Journal or Publication:International Journal of Information Technology and Management
Date:January 2012
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1504/IJITM.2012.044071
Keywords:agile software development; software development methodologies; open source software development; OSSD; free software; systems development life cycle; SDLC; waterfall model; extreme programming.
ID Code:7098
Deposited On:12 Feb 2013 14:44
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:30


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