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July/August 2008 (vol. 25 no. 4)
pp. 4-7
Hakan Erdogmus, National Research Council Canada
Process trends can be placed inside a triangular map according to their emphasis on three aspects, represented by the vertices: people, technology, and rigor. Plan-oriented, engineering, and research-based approaches tend to view software as a rigid artifact, so they stress technology and rigor over people. Evolutionary approaches tend to view software development as an organic, skills-driven technical activity, so they stress people and technology over rigor. But this scheme of positioning process approaches is rather rough. A more complete scheme requires dissection in terms of seven essential, mutually reinforcing characteristics: human-centricity, technical orientation, discipline, pragmatism, empiricism, experimentation, and value orientation.

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Index Terms:
utilitarian view of software process, human-centricity, pragmatism, empiricism, experimentation, value orientation
Citation:
Hakan Erdogmus, "Essentials of Software Process," IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 4-7, July-Aug. 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.87
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