Understanding and addressing the essential costs of evolving systems
Article first published online: 28 AUG 2002
Copyright © 2000 Lucent Technologies Inc.
Bell Labs Technical Journal
Special Issue: Software
Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 44–54, Summer 2000
How to Cite
Davison, J. W., Mancl, D. M. and Opdyke, W. F. (2000), Understanding and addressing the essential costs of evolving systems. Bell Labs Tech. J., 5: 44–54. doi: 10.1002/bltj.2221
- Issue published online: 28 AUG 2002
- Article first published online: 28 AUG 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: JUN 2000
A major attribute of telecommunications software systems is change. For evolving telecom systems, significant expertise is needed to effectively handle and capitalize on these changes. This paper discusses some of the key dimensions of change that occur during telecom systems software development, the areas of expertise that software developers apply in managing these changes, and some of the means by which high-performing project members have overcome the learning curves associated with these systems. We base our results on data gathered from several Bell Labs multiyear development projects and interviews with experienced staff.