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Multi-Agent-Based Simulation X

Volume 5683 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 73-85

Software Development Process Simulation: Multi Agent-Based Simulation versus System Dynamics

  • Redha CherifAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversitySchool of Computing, Blekinge Institute of TechnologySchool of Technology, Malmö University
  • , Paul DavidssonAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversitySchool of Computing, Blekinge Institute of TechnologySchool of Technology, Malmö University

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Abstract

We present one of the first actual applications of Multi Agent-Based Simulation (MABS) to the field of software process simulation modelling (SPSM). Although there are some recent attempts to do this, we argue that these fail to take full advantage of the agency paradigm. Our model of the software development process integrates individual-level performance, cognition and artefact quality models in a common simulation framework. In addition, this framework allows the implementation of both MABS and System Dynamics (SD) simulators using the same basic models. As SD is the dominating approach within SPSM, we are able to make relevant and unique comparisons between it and MABS. This enabled us to uncover quite interesting properties of these approaches, e.g., that MABS reflects the problem domain more realistically than SD.

Keywords

MABS application Software Development Process System Dynamics