South Korea is well-known for big global hardware companies and now software companies are ready to follow. The purpose of this study was to explore software development methods and quality assurance practices used by South Korean software industry.
Empirical data was collected by conducting a survey that focused on three main parts: software life cycle models and methods, software quality assurance including quality standards, the strengths and weaknesses of South Korean software industry. The results of the completed survey showed that the use of agile methods is slightly surpassing the use of traditional software development methods. Also the use of so called hybrid methods that include aspects from both development methods is popular.
The survey also revealed an interesting result that almost half of the South Korean companies do not use any software quality assurance plan in their projects. For the state of South Korean software industry large number of the respondents thought that despite of the weakness, the status of software development in South Korea will improve in the future.
Jesse Yli-Huumo, Ossi Taipale, Kari Smolander (Lappeenranta University of Technology): Software development methods and quality assurance: Special focus on South Korea
Accepted to EuroSPI 2014