Integrating agile practices with a medical device software development lifecycle

Martin Mc Hugh, Fergal Mc Caffery, Valentine Casey, Minna Pikkarainen

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    The rate at which agile software development practices are being adopted is growing rapidly. Agile software development practices and methodologies appear to offer the silver bullet which can solve the problems associated with following plan driven software development lifecycles. Agile software
    development practices offer the possibility of achieving lower development costs, increased efficiency and improved software quality. However, there is currently a low rate of publicly available information that suggests there is widespread adoption of agile practices within the medical device software domain. This is largely due to the fact that software developed for medical devices includes challenges not faced when developing non safety critical software. As a result of these challenges, medical device software is typically developed using plan driven software development lifecycles. However, such
    lifecycles are quite rigid and cannot accommodate changes easily. Previous research has revealed that medical device software development projects can benefit from adopting agile practices whilst still maintaining the discipline associated with following plan driven development lifecycles. This paper
    outlines the challenges faced by developers when developing medical device software and how shortcomings in both agile and plan driven approaches can be resolved by following a mixed method approach to medical device software development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuroSPI 2012
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event19th EuroSPI Conference, EuroSPI 2012: European System, Software & Service Process Improvement & Innovation - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 25 Jun 201227 Jun 2012


    Conference19th EuroSPI Conference, EuroSPI 2012
    Abbreviated titleEuroSPI 2012


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