HELENA is an international study on the use of Hybrid dEveLopmENt Approaches in software systems development.

The overall goal of this international study is to investigate the current state of practice in software and systems development. In particular, we aim to determine which development approaches (traditional, agile, main-stream, or home-grown) are used in practice and how they are combined, how such combinations were developed over time, and if and how standards (e.g., safety standards) affect the development process and the methods applied. With this information, we aim to develop and deploy new systematic process designs and improvement activities to allow for more efficient and effective development approaches.

HELENA comprises 3 stages:

  • Stage 1: Development of the survey instrument and initial data collection.
  • Stage 2: Main data collection in an international consortium.
  • Stage 3: Follow-up research in topic-oriented research groups.