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Industrial Management & Data Systems

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Utilizing front-end-of-innovation concepts in software development

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Title:Utilizing front-end-of-innovation concepts in software development
Author(s):Lea Hannola, (Department of Industrial Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland), Samuli Kortelainen, (Department of Industrial Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland), Hannu Kärkkäinen, (Department of Business Information Management and Logistics, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland), Markku Tuominen, (Department of Industrial Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland)
Citation:Lea Hannola, Samuli Kortelainen, Hannu Kärkkäinen, Markku Tuominen, (2009) "Utilizing front-end-of-innovation concepts in software development", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 109 Iss: 7, pp.898 - 915
Keywords:Cognitive mapping, Computer software, Innovation
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/02635570910982265 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The traditional front-end-of-innovation (FEI) research and requirements engineering (RE) in software development have realized the opportunities for overall innovation process improvements by focusing on improving the front-end activities. The purpose of this paper is to investigate and compare the managerial perceptions on the similarities and differences in the FEI concepts between software industry and the traditional industrial sector.

Design/methodology/approach – The research approach of this paper can be categorized as a case study. Causal cognitive maps are used as graphic tools for collecting and analyzing the perceptions of selected experts about the concepts of FEI, and for recognizing the perceived interrelationships between these concepts.

Findings – The paper presents the similarities and differences in the FEI concepts between the two industries. The most similarly assessed concept is that the quality of a product or software development project can be most often influenced by successful execution of detailed customer needs analysis.

Research limitations/implications – The selection of a purely academic interview group representing the traditional industrial sector has some limitations.

Practical implications – This paper provides viewpoints to managers and project team members on the most important factors in their front-end activities influencing the success of product or software development projects.

Originality/value – The intersection between FEI and RE and its handling by causal cognitive mapping is a novel territory in academic research. In addition, this paper opens up a new strand for academic discussion by connecting these two domains previously unconnected in literature.

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