Managing Software Dependencies using Design Structure Matrices
M. Stevens, A. Kellens, J. Brichau, and T. D'Hondt.
BENEVOL 2007 - 6th BElgian-NEtherlands software eVOLution workshop (Namur, Belgium, December 13-14, 2007) , (2007)

Modularity plays an important role in increasing the evolvability and maintainability of software systems. A system which is structured in such a way that the different components are loosely coupled, makes it possible for developers to adapt and maintain a particular component in relative isolation of the other components of the system. Conversely, if components are tightly coupled this can constrain the evolvability of the system. For instance, low-level implementation dependencies between different components often translate to dependencies among people or development teams, meaning that changes local to one implementation component can have a much larger impact throughout the system. In this paper we present DSMBrowser, a novel approach and accompanying source-code browser for managing, visualising and reasoning about dependencies in source code.
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