Reflections on Barry W. Boehm's "A spiral model of software development and enhancement"
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, ISSN 1753-8378, Vol. 5, no 4, 737-756 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the content, contributions and subsequentdevelopments of the seminal paper by Barry Boehm, “A spiral model of software development andenhancement” written in 1988. The relationships of this paper to software development, agile projects,real options and present practice are put into perspective.
Design/methodology/approach – Basically an essayist approach is taken. First, the contents ofBoehm’s paper are reviewed and then associated with subsequent developments.
Findings – Review of the paper as published represents a documentation of cutting-edge softwaredevelopment as it existed at the time. Fundamentally it suggests the viability of a non-linear,customer-influenced, development approach.
Practical implications – This basic approach illustrated in the spiral model of course has found itsway into complex project approaches and management.
Originality/value – This paper follows the lines of increasing attention to classics, which is thepurpose of this special issue of the journal. In particular, attention is called to the transition ofthought on projects and project management from supplier-oriented, linear processes tocustomer/client-influenced, non-linear ones.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012. Vol. 5, no 4, 737-756 p.
Project management; Computer software; Agile production; Non-linear approaches; Agile processes; Real options
Research subject Business Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58700DOI: 10.1108/17538371211269031OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-58700DiVA: diva2:549836