implemented without consideration of project characteristics like complexity, size, and regulatory guidelines.
While mission-critical projects may adopt sophisticated traceability processes, agile software development
situations may find that these may constrain their
development agility. Therefore, organizations involved
in agile development need to create lightweight versions of the general process framework to maintain
speed of development without significantly sacrificing
product quality. The accompanying table summarizes
how an integrated approach provides a synergistic
change-management practice when compared to SCM
Although we have emphasized the importance of
integrating SCM and traceability, we recognize significant challenges in achieving this integration. For
example, it imposes a considerable amount of overhead. Also, while the benefits of traceability are typically delivered downstream, the costs involved are
incurred upstream in the development life cycle.
Therefore, incentive schemes that recognize this issue
should be developed to motivate the contributors and
consumers of traceability knowledge. Further, the
adoption of an integrated practice that deviates significantly from current practices is likely to encounter
resistance unless appropriate incentives, tool, and
process support are provided. c
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School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York, NY.
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management science and information systems at the College of
Management, University of Massachusetts in Boston.
BALASUBRAMANIAM RAMESH ( email@example.com) is a Board of
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Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University in Atlanta.
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