QFL: Data-driven feedback loop to manage quality in agile development
Document typeConference report
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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European Commission's projectQ-RAPIDS - Quality-Aware Rapid Software Development (EC-H2020-732253)
Background: Quality requirements (QRs) describe desired system qualities, playing an important role in the success of software projects. In the context of agile software development (ASD), where the main objective is the fast delivery of functionalities, QRs are often ill-defined and not well addressed during the development process. Software analytics tools help to control quality though the measurement of qualityrelated software aspects to support decision-makers in the process of QR management. Aim: The goal of this research is to explore the benefits of integrating a concrete software analytics tool, Q-Rapids Tool, to assess software quality and support QR management processes. Method: In the context of a technology transfer project, the Softeam company has integrated Q-Rapids Tool in their development process. We conducted a series of workshops involving Softeam members working in the Modelio product development. Results: We present the Quality Feedback Loop (QFL) process to be integrated in software development processes to control the complete QR life-cycle, from elicitation to validation. As a result of the implementation of QFL in Softeam, Modelio’s team members highlight the benefits of integrating a data analytics tool with their project planning tool and the fact that project managers can control the whole process making the final decisions. Conclusions: Practitioners can benefit from the integration of software analytics tools as part of their software development toolchain to control software quality. The implementation of QFL promotes quality in the organization and the integration of software analytics and project planning tools also improves the communication between teams.
CitationLópez, L. [et al.]. QFL: Data-driven feedback loop to manage quality in agile development. A: International Conference on Software Engineering. "2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Society ICSE-SEIS 2021: Virtual (originally Madrid, Spain) 25-28 May 2021: proceedings". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2021, p. 58-66. ISBN 978-0-7381-3322-5. DOI 10.1109/ICSE-SEIS52602.2021.00015.
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