Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Software Development in Startup Companies: The Greenfield Startup Model
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering. (Software Engineering Research Lab Sweden)
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering. (Software Engineering Research Lab Sweden)
Show others and affiliations
2016 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, ISSN 0098-5589, E-ISSN 1939-3520, Vol. 42, no 6, 585-604 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Software startups are newly created companies with no operating history and oriented towards producing cutting-edge products. However, despite the increasing importance of startups in the economy, few scientific studies attempt to address software engineering issues, especially for early-stage startups. If anything, startups need engineering practices of the same level or better than those of larger companies, as their time and resources are more scarce, and one failed project can put them out of business. In this study we aim to improve understanding of the software development strategies employed by startups. We performed this state- of-practice investigation using a grounded theory approach. We packaged the results in the Greenfield Startup Model (GSM), which explains the priority of startups to release the product as quickly as possible. This strategy allows startups to verify product and market fit, and to adjust the product trajectory according to early collected user feedback. The need to shorten time-to-market, by speeding up the development through low-precision engineering activities, is counterbalanced by the need to restructure the product before targeting further growth. The resulting implications of the GSM outline challenges and gaps, pointing out opportunities for future research to develop and validate engineering practices in the startup context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society, 2016. Vol. 42, no 6, 585-604 p.
Keyword [en]
Software development, Startups, Grounded Theory
National Category
Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-11139DOI: 10.1109/TSE.2015.2509970ISI: 000380054100005OAI: diva2:881135
Available from: 2015-12-09 Created: 2015-12-09 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(3362 kB)186 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 3362 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Unterkalmsteiner, MichaelGorschek, Tony
By organisation
Department of Software Engineering
In the same journal
IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Software Engineering

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 186 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 297 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link