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Are Formal Methods Ready for Agility? A Reality Check

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Larsen, Professor John Fitzgerald



The integration of agile software development techniques with formal methods has attracted attention as a research topic. But what exactly is to be gained from attempting to combine two approaches which are seen as orthogonal or even opposing, and to what extent do formal methods already support the principles of agility? Based on the authors’ experience in applying lightweight tool-supported formal methods in industrial projects, this paper assesses the readiness of formal methods technologies for supporting agile techniques and identified areas in which new research could improve the prospects of synergy between the two approaches in future.

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Author(s): Larsen PG, Fitzgerald JS, Wolff S

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2010

Pages: 13

Print publication date: 01/08/2010

Source Publication Date: August 2010

Report Number: 1218

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne