Towards a Classification Schema for Development Technologies: an Empirical Study in the Avionic Domain
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Software and hardware development organizations that consider the adoption of new methods, techniques, or tools often face several challenges, namely to: guarantee process quality, reproducibility, and standard compliance. They need to compare existing solutions on the market, and they need to select technologies that are most appropriate for each process phase, taking into account the specific context requirements. Unfortunately, this kind of information is usually not easily accessible; it is incomplete, scattered, and hard to compare. Our goal is to report on an empirical study with high-level practitioners, to extend our previous work on a classification schema for development technologies in the avionic domain. We investigate the acceptance and the possible improvements on the schema, with the aim to help decision makers to easily find, compare and combine existing methods, techniques, and tools based on previous experience. The study has been carried out with five technical leaders for the development of flight control systems, from Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH and the results show that the schema helps to transfer knowledge between projects, guaranteeing quality, reproducibility, and standard compliance.