The influence of software engineering paradigms on individual and team project results

  • William Junk
  • Paul Oman
Session 13: Funding, Practica, and Principles
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 640)


For years there has been debate over which software development paradigm is best. There are many anecdotal reports extolling the advantages of prototyping over specifying approaches, but few controlled studies have been performed to quantify the differences between them. We report on some observations drawn about individual and team projects conducted in our software engineering practica and we describe a series of controlled experiments comparing spiral-prototyping to specifying in team projects. In the team developments we found that the prototyped products were completed with less effort, had lower complexity metric values, had fewer reported defects, and were rated higher on the customer's subjective evaluation of quality. We also found that management of the spiral-prototyping process is a critical element in project success or failure. Because of the experimental controls employed in our study and the realism of the programming projects performed, we believe that these results are valid equally outside the academic environment.


Software Development Software Engineering Team Project Finite State Machine Individual Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Junk
    • 1
  • Paul Oman
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of IdahoMoscow

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