When I was working on my undergraduate degree in Computing and Software Systems, I took a class in software engineering. The purpose of this class was to introduce us to the range of real-world processes that professionals use to develop software, processes that didn’t often come up in our academic work. That goal turned out to be a tall order for a three-month class, given the scope it tried to cover. It might have been more effective to pick one process and use it for a group project. Nevertheless, one exercise I remember from the class is matching software development processes to types of projects.
Here’s the type of question I’m talking about, from a University of New Brunswick class assignment:
Giving reasons for your answer based on the type of system being developed, suggest the most appropriate generic software process model that might be used as a basis for managing the development of the following systems:
a) A system to control anti-lock braking in a car
b) A virtual reality system to support software maintenance
c) A university accounting system that replaces an existing system
d) An interactive travel planning system that helps users plan a journey with the lowest environment impact