Effects of Software Process in Organization Development – A Case Study

  • Hogne Folkestad
  • Espen Pilskog
  • Bjørnar Tessem
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3096)


In this case study we present the approach, analytical framework, and results from a study of a software development enterprise using an activity theory perspective. The studied company chose to use Unified Process as their software development method at a stage where they were changing from mainframe technology into modern object-oriented technologies. The goal for them was to use a new development project as a tool for learning the technology and Unified Process, in addition to constructing the new software. In our study we have focused on the role of Unified Process in this process, and whether Unified Process had consequences for the development of the project team and the company. Our results indicate that the iterative approach of Unified Process ensures large effects in terms of learning, but Unified Process also improves on communication and work distribution in the company.


Software Development Software Engineering Activity Theory Timely Information Unify Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hogne Folkestad
    • 1
  • Espen Pilskog
    • 1
  • Bjørnar Tessem
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information Science and Media StudiesUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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