A case study on implementing modularity in software development

Hongyi Sun, Waileung Ha, Pei Lee Teh, Jianglin Huang

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In today’s business world, firms are facing pressures to reduce costs, enhance productivity, and maintain quality in new product development. Past studies have provided evidence that modularity can enhance performance of new product development. However, real-life cases on how to implement the concept of modularity are limited. This article aims to propose a model for modularity implementation in the context of embedded software development. The model was applied in a software company in Hong Kong. Results from the case company provide evidence that the average reuse rate of software modules increased from 31% to 71% after the implementation, with productivity increasing by 258%, cost reducing by 70%, and quality increasing by 72%. The practical implications are finally discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-138
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Computer Information Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Case study
  • Modularity
  • New product development
  • Software reuse

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