International Workshop on Incorporating COTS Software into Software Systems: Tools and Techniques, Second International Workshop on (2007)
May 20, 2007 to May 26, 2007
Soren Blom , University of Leipzig
Matthias Book , University of Leipzig
Volker Gruhn , University of Leipzig
Ralf Laue , University of Leipzig
The domain requirements of software projects often seem so specialized to developers that their original design does not incorporate any commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components. However, if major implementation problems are encountered at a later stage in the project, the integration of a COTS component that promises to solve those problems may become a desirable alternative to struggling on with the original implementation. While a number of methods and criteria have already been proposed for requirements engineering, risk assessment and candidate selection of COTS components, they were developed for application in the initial phases of a project and thus do not take into account the much tighter time and design constraints imposed in a later project stage. To spark discussion on necessary adaptations of the established methods, this position paper uses the example of a concrete project to illustrate the characteristics of ?switch or struggle? situations and proposes an initial set of risk factors to be considered at that time.
R. Laue, M. Book, V. Gruhn and S. Blom, "Switch or Struggle: Risk Assessment for Late Integration of COTS Components," International Workshop on Incorporating COTS Software into Software Systems: Tools and Techniques, Second International Workshop on(IWICSS), Minneapolis Minnesota, 2007, pp. 1.