Chapter 2

The Basics: Software Development Activities and Their Organization

Software development projects range from the very small to the very large and encompass a wide range of complexity, starting from software developed by a small team in their spare time and ending with projects lasting several years and involving the work of many people.

Similarly, the concept of what it means for a software development project to succeed also varies according to the context. For the small team developing an open source solution, it could be the intellectual challenge of solving a complex problem or the satisfaction of contributing to a community. Time is not critical, nor are costs: having fun in the process probably is.

For people developing safety-critical ...

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