Low-rigour, rapid software process assessments for small software development firms

Cater-Steel, Aileen (2004) Low-rigour, rapid software process assessments for small software development firms. In: 15th Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC 2004), 13-16 April 2004, Melbourne, Australia.

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[Abstract]: Rigorous software process improvement (SPI) assessments are considered by many small software development firms to be too expensive. This paper presents the results from a program in which low-rigour, one-day SPI assessments were offered at no cost to 22 small software development firms. Analysis shows an association between capability levels achieved and staff experience and education level. Also, the process capability of firms varied depending on the industry sectors targeted by firms. About eight months after the assessment, the firms were contacted to arrange a follow-up meeting to determine the extent to which they had implemented the recommendations. Analysis of the capability levels at the time of assessment and later follow-up meeting reveals that the process improvement program was effective in improving the process capability of many of these small software development firms.


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Depositing User: Dr Aileen Cater-Steel
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:38
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Software process improvement, software process assessment
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1259

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