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Software Documentation Strategy for Existing Web Systems: A case study
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

What kind of software documentation a systems needs and how much documentation that is necessary are questions that has a lot of different answers depending on a number of variables. Traditional software development methodologies claims that software needs a lot of documentation and more agile approaches claims that it is better to write less documentation since most documentation is never used. According to studies a ratio of 11% of software projects costs are spent on documentation alone. The purpose of this study is to create a cost efficient software documentation strategy for an existing web system with a focus on deciding what information are relevant to document in order to keep a high ROI. This study was conducted as a single case study and made in collaboration with a company. The data collection was done by interviewing key people working in the system and doing participants observations. The result shows that information documented in a high level is what is most needed. Artifacts relevant to document are the source code, requirements of updates, functional tests, high-level architecture, reference manual and an end-user manual. The result also shows that new processes need to be implemented for the documentation strategy to be efficient. Recommendation for further research is to create a method of how to calculate the ROI for software documentation based on a number of organizational variables.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Software documentation, software documentation details, software documentation strategy
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49782Local ID: 7187b578-da9a-4f1a-9962-4d869a1d03d4OAI: diva2:1023130
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Systems Sciences, bacheor's level

Validerat; 20160615 (global_studentproject_submitter)

Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04 Last updated: 2016-10-14Bibliographically approved

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