Advertisement

Software Development Practices in Costa Rica: A Survey

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 787)

Abstract

In recent years, many studies have focused on software development practices around the world. The HELENA study is an international effort to gather quantitative data on software development practices and frameworks. In this paper, we present the Costa Rican results of the HELENA survey. We provide evidence of the practices and frameworks used in 51 different projects in Costa Rica. Participants in this survey represent companies ranging from 50 or fewer employees to companies with more than 2500 employees. Furthermore, the industries represented in the survey include software development, system development, IT consulting, research and development of IT services and software development for financial institutions. Results show that Scrum, Iterative Development, Kanban and Waterfall are the most used software development frameworks in Costa Rica. However, Scrum doubles the use of Waterfall and other methods.

Keywords

Software development approach HELENA project Scrum Waterfall Agile 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was partially supported by CITIC at the University of Costa Rica. Grant No. 834-B4-412. We would also like to thank all 51 participants of the survey and the rest of researchers promoting this international initiative (HELENA Project) Acabo.

References

  1. 1.
    Kuhrmann, M., Hanser, E., Prause, C.R., Diebold, P., Münch, J., Tell, P., Garousi, V., Felderer, M., Trektere, K., McCaffery, F., Linssen, O.: Hybrid software and system development in practice: waterfall, scrum, and beyond. In: Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Software and System Process - ICSSP 2017, pp. 30–39. ACM Press, New York (2017)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    CAMTIC: Camara de Tecnologias de Informacion y Comunicacion. https://www.camtic.org
  3. 3.
    West, D., Gilpin, M., Grant, T., Anderson, A.: Water-Scrum-Fall is the reality of agile for most organizations today (2011)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Theocharis, G., Kuhrmann, M., Münch, J., Diebold, P.: Is water-scrum-fall reality? on the use of agile and traditional development practices. In: Abrahamsson, P., Corral, L., Oivo, M., Russo, B. (eds.) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, pp. 149–166. Springer, Cham (2015)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Paez, N., Fontdevila, D., Oliveros, A.: HELENA study: initial observations of software development practices in Argentina. In: Felderer, M., Méndez-Fernández, D., Turhan, B., Kalinowski, M., Sarro, F., Winkler, D. (eds.) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, pp. 443–449. Springer, Cham (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Scott, E., Pfahl, D., Hebig, R., Heldal, R., Knauss, E.: Initial results of the HELENA survey conducted in Estonia with comparison to results from Sweden and worldwide. In: Felderer, M., Méndez-Fernández, D., Turhan, B., Kalinowski, M., Sarro, F., Winkler, D. (eds.) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, pp. 404–412. Springer, Cham (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Nakatumba-Nabende, J., Kanagwa, B., Hebig, R., Heldal, R., Knauss, E.: Hybrid software and systems development in practice: perspectives from Sweden and Uganda. In: Felderer, M., Méndez-Fernández, D., Turhan, B., Kalinowski, M., Sarro, F., Winkler, D. (eds.) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, pp. 413–419. Springer, Cham (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Tell, P., Pfeiffer, R.-H., Schultz, U.P.: HELENA stage 2—Danish overview. In: Felderer, M., Méndez-Fernández, D., Turhan, B., Kalinowski, M., Sarro, F., Winkler, D. (eds.) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, pp. 420–427. Springer, Cham (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Felderer, M., Winkler, D., Biffl, S.: Hybrid software and system development in practice: initial results from Austria. In: Felderer, M., Méndez-Fernández, D., Turhan, B., Kalinowski, M., Sarro, F., Winkler, D. (eds.) Product Focused Software Process Improvement, pp. 435–442. Springer, Cham (2017)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center for Communication and Information TechnologiesUniversity of Costa RicaSan PedroCosta Rica

Personalised recommendations