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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-018-19-2686


An Integrated Approach of Software Development and Test Processes to Distributed Teams

Gislaine Camila Lapasini Leal (State University of Maringa, Brazil)

Ana Paula Chaves (Federal Technological University of Parana, Brazil)

Elisa Hatsue Moriya Huzita (State University of Maringa, Brazil)

Marcio Eduardo Delamaro (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Abstract: The Distributed Software Development (DSD) is a development strategy that meets the globalization needs concerned with the increase productivity and cost reduction. However, the temporal distance, geographical dispersion and the socio-cultural di_erences, increased some challenges and, especially, added new requirements related with the communication, coordination and control of projects. Among these new demands there is the necessity of a software process that provides adequate support to the distributed software development. This paper presents an integrated approach of software development and test that considers distributed teams peculiarities. The approach purpose is to o_er support to DSD, providing a better project visibility, improving the communication between the development and test teams, minimizing the ambiguity and di_culty to understand the artifacts and activities. This integrated approach was conceived based on four pillars: (i) to identify the DSD peculiarities concerned with development and test processes, (ii) to de_ne the necessary elements to compose the integrated approach of development and test to support the distributed teams, (iii) to describe and specify the workows, artifacts, and roles of the approach, and (iv) to represent appropriately the approach to enable the e_ective communication and understanding of it.

Keywords: global software development, software process, test

Categories: H.2, H.3.7, H.5.4