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Suitability of Agile Methods for Safety-Critical Systems Development: A Survey of Literature

Mary Walowe Mwadulo
2016 International Journal of Computer Applications Technology and Research  
Adoption of agile method for safety critical system development is low.  ...  The paper aims to shed light on suitability of agile methods for developing safety critical system.  ...  3.1 Agile methods used for developing safety critical systems Several agile methods exist, but Extreme programming and SCRUM have been applied in the development of safety critical systems.  ... 
doi:10.7753/ijcatr0507.1009 fatcat:zph5x5i4irct7gzlxggiuy7ciy

The dynamics of agile practices for safety-critical software development

Peter Axel Nielsen, Lise Tordrup Heeager
2017 Proceedings of the XP2017 Scientific Workshops on - XP '17  
its engineering → Agile software developmentSoftware and its engineering → Software safety KEYWORDS Agile software development, safety-critical software, agile processes, dynamism.  ...  This short paper reports from a case study of the agile development of safety-critical software.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We wish to thank the participants in the software team in the pharmaceutical company.  ... 
doi:10.1145/3120459.3120481 dblp:conf/xpu/NielsenH17 fatcat:c6qsh4vs3jgsrozqrktkqrvsjy

Safety-Critical Systems and Agile Development: A Mapping Study [article]

Rashidah Kasauli and Eric Knauss and Benjamin Kanagwa and Agneta Nilsson and Gul Calikli
2018 arXiv   pre-print
For such products, the ability to develop safety-critical software in an agile way will generate a competitive advantage.  ...  However, safety-critical systems have widely been dismissed from benefiting from agile methods.  ...  This work was supported by Software Center ( and the SIDA BRIGHT project.  ... 
arXiv:1807.07800v2 fatcat:ovq5mv7475b23bruss76a77sqa

Towards applying a safety analysis and verification method based on STPA to agile software development

Yang Wang, Stefan Wagner
2016 Proceedings of the International Workshop on Continuous Software Evolution and Delivery - CSED '16  
However, due to a lack of safety assurance activities, agile methods are criticized for being inadequate for the development of safe software.  ...  Agile methodologies are becoming widespread in modern software development.  ...  Nevertheless, there are still limitations of agile processes for developing safety-critical software [25] .  ... 
doi:10.1145/2896941.2896948 dblp:conf/icse/Wang016 fatcat:ozqde2sybjhzxgflhdntdji5rm

The 4+1 Principles of Software Safety Assurance and Their Implications for Scrum [chapter]

Osama Doss, Tim Kelly
2016 Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing  
We will be interviewing individuals who have been involved with safety-critical systems development and Agile methods.  ...  Participants will be presented with an overview of the challenges associated with applying the 4+1 software safety assurance principles to Scrum.  ...  Development of Safety-critical Software (ASCS).  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-33515-5_27 fatcat:kg2mpydctrb65cgkbdaguqlliq

Agile Usage in Embedded Software Development in Safety Critical Domain–A Systematic Review [chapter]

Surafel Demissie, Frank Keenan, Özden Özcan-Top, Fergal McCaffery
2018 Communications in Computer and Information Science  
agile implementation in embedded safety critical software development.  ...  The objectives of this study are to understand the challenges of embedded safety critical software development, to investigate agile practices which have been in use in the domain, the factors affecting  ...  Operational Programme to Lero -the Irish Software Research Centre (  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-00623-5_22 fatcat:mawhzruclbgxvn7drfiq7zmegi

AgileSafe – a method of introducing agile practices into safety-critical software development processes

Katarzyna Łukasiewicz, Janusz Górski
2016 Proceedings of the 2016 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems  
This article introduces AgileSafe, a new method of incorporating agile practices into critical software development while still maintaining compliance with the software assurance requirements imposed by  ...  We present the description of the method covering the process of its application and the input and output artefacts.  ...  It also provides a tool AgileSafe -a method of introducing agile practices into safety-critical software development processes II.  ... 
doi:10.15439/2016f360 dblp:conf/fedcsis/LukasiewiczG16 fatcat:fnix5hwxdjafpitmas6q6f3xwy

How Can Agile and Documentation-Driven Methods be Meshed in Practice? [chapter]

Lise Tordrup Heeager
2014 Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing  
To increase the understanding of how to do this, this paper presents two case studies of the development of safety-critical software.  ...  Agile methods are becoming increasingly popular in software development; even by organizations complying with quality standards.  ...  It was studied via case studies of the development of safety-critical software.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-06862-6_5 fatcat:6newz324qjh7xnsvli6z2qkojm

Agile methods for open source safety-critical software

Kevin Gary, Andinet Enquobahrie, Luis Ibanez, Patrick Cheng, Ziv Yaniv, Kevin Cleary, Shylaja Kokoori, Benjamin Muffih, John Heidenreich
2011 Software, Practice & Experience  
This paper challenges the assumption that agile methods are inappropriate for safety-critical software development.  ...  Agile methods have matured since the academic community suggested almost a decade ago that they were not suitable for safety-critical systems; we present our experiences as a case study for renewing the  ...  Are agile methods appropriate for safety-critical systems?  ... 
doi:10.1002/spe.1075 pmid:21799545 pmcid:PMC3142956 fatcat:2wvnv7pnmraszaqrxeejflurue

Safety Critical Software Development Methodologies in Avionics

Pawel Zakrzewski, Janusz Narkiewicz, Darren Brenchley
2020 Transactions of the Institute of Aviation  
AbstractThis article summarizes avionics safety-critical software development methodologies and implications of the DO-178C standard from an Agile application perspective.  ...  We explain the safety-critical software categorization.  ...  AGILE APPLICATION FOR SAFETY CRITICAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Agile vs DO 178C The DO-178C standard does not define the process of software development, but objectives to be met.  ... 
doi:10.2478/tar-2020-0011 fatcat:rkibtwgfqvbtneeig22uot7x6u

Safety Critical Software Development: A Modeling Approach

Fatma N. Al Eidi, Mohammad A. Alkandari
2017 International Journal of Software Engineering and Its Applications  
A framework is proposed to help in the requirements engineering process for developing safety-critical software.  ...  The ability to use the framework in agile development methods is discussed. In addition, a test plan is written for verifying and validating the framework for future use and references.  ...  Then I discuss the suitability of agile with developing safety-critical software and the ability of applying the model in agile development methods.  ... 
doi:10.14257/ijseia.2017.11.5.05 fatcat:hzieapyixre6bjqw4oanhftqqu

Applying standard independent verification and validation (IV&V) techniques within an Agile framework: Is there a compatibility issue?

James D. Arthur, James B. Dabney
2017 2017 Annual IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon)  
UH-CL / VT 30 System Software Safety Agile Variant • Depth-first approach required • Develop a complete safety case using postulated claims and evidence • Update the case incrementally -Establish the  ...  of standard V&V methods to hybrid AgileFor each method specified for project elements, assessed -Inputs -Timing in lifecycle -Feasibility of executing method given the timing and available  ... 
doi:10.1109/syscon.2017.7934770 dblp:conf/syscon/ArthurD17 fatcat:ohxegjbojvcppmmxg7nzyksqsy

Quality Assurance in Agile Safety-Critical Systems Development

Tom McBride, Marion Lepmets
2016 2016 10th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology (QUATIC)  
In this position paper we examine how safety could be assured when increasingly complex systems are developed using agile software development methods.  ...  This suggests that for safety critical system development, software systems developed by agile teams will need verification and validation by independent parties.  ...  We then provide an overview of the Cynefin framework practices that are best suited for the complex domain and illustrate the point through the uptake of agile methods in safety-critical software development  ... 
doi:10.1109/quatic.2016.016 dblp:conf/quatic/McBrideL16 fatcat:4cj23yfunbafdgkhen23ucsrf4

Adopting agile practices when developing software for use in the medical domain

Martin McHugh, Fergal McCaffery, Valentine Casey
2013 Journal of Software: Evolution and Process  
Non-safety critical software developers have been reaping the benefits of adopting agile practices for a number of years.  ...  However, developers of safety critical software often have concerns about adopting agile practices.  ...  i.e. safety critical software development.  ... 
doi:10.1002/smr.1608 fatcat:5537eggxa5bzde75754n43ov5i

Is Agile Too Fragile for Space-Based Systems Engineering?

Scott E. Carpenter, Aldo Dagnino
2014 2014 IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology  
High safety and performance requirements drive the mission criticality of space exploration systems. There is often only one chance for mission success, and failure can be fatal.  ...  : The goal of this research is to identify which Agile practices, if any, are desirable and suitable for space-based systems engineering.  ...  Other methodologies employed within the space industry include: IEC 61508 part 7, which has a list of development methods IEC considers suitable for safety-related software [9] ; NASA's Software Safety  ... 
doi:10.1109/smc-it.2014.13 fatcat:ynuyk24enndd7eqoa46le4do7u
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