DOI: 10.5176/978-981-08-7466-7 se-10

Authors: Dr. Clive C. H. Rosen


Current explanations of the software development process (SDP) are based on the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC); an ad seriatim progression from one stage to another. But this fails to explain the numerous exceptions that so often interfere with the process. This paper suggests that SDLC could better be understood as a state model in which the subsequent state to the current state is indeterminate. This is because the intangible nature of software results in the miscommunication of abstract conceptual models in a volatile environment. Recognising this leads to a different perception of the SDP; one based on an understanding of the communications processes involved in software development. This paper proposes a communications model and suggests that it provides a basis for further investigation of the SDP.

Keywords: Software, process, Model, Communications, Software Engineering

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