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These methodologies reviewed in this chapter, are used in today's software engineering practice and appear to have a positive benefit. They are a considerable improvement on not using any methodology at all [#!cmm!#]. The implementors in any case have much freedom in terms of thoroughness and tool use. The scale of the issue is such that outside of small experiments [#!Parnas96!#] reliable quantitative measurements of alternative methodologies have not been possible.

Ronald LeRoi Burback