Barriers to Adopting Agile Practices when Developing Medical Device Software

Mc Hugh, Martin and McCaffery, Fergal and Casey, Valentine (2012) Barriers to Adopting Agile Practices when Developing Medical Device Software. In: 12th International SPICE Conference Process Improvement and Capability Determination, 29-31 May 2012, Palma, Majorca.

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Agile methodologies such as XP and Scrum are founded upon the four values and twelve principles of agile software development. A software development project is only considered to be truly agile if these values and principles are followed. However, software developed for use in medical devices must be regulatory compliant and this can make the process of following a single agile methodology such as XP difficult to achieve. This paper outlines how we identified the barriers to agile adoption in the medical device software domain through performing a survey. These barriers include:lack of documentation; maintaining traceability; regulatory compliance; lack of up front planning and the process of managing multiple releases. Based on this research recommendations are also made as to how these barriers can be overcome.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Safety Critical; Agile; Plan Driven; XP; Scrum; Barriers; Medical
Subjects: Computer Science
Research Centres: Regulated Software Research Centre
Depositing User: Concepta Woods
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2012 12:06
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:10

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