Process improvement in four small software companies

Cater-Steel, Aileen (2001) Process improvement in four small software companies. In: 13th Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC 2001), 26-28 August 2001, Canberra, Australia.


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[Abstract]: For many small software companies, full-scale software process improvement (SPI) initiatives are often out of reach due to prohibitive costs and lack of SPI knowledge. However, to compete in the global market, software developers must improve their productivity, time to market and customer satisfaction. As part of an Australian National Industry Improvement Program, Software Engineering Australia (Qld) sponsored a process improvement program in which 26 of its member companies participated. A RAPID assessment method, based on SPiCE (ISO 15504), was developed and applied by researchers from the Software Quality Institute. As well as detailing the RAPID assessment method, this paper presents findings from the process improvement program as experienced by four small software companies. For each company, the initial assessment findings are presented followed by the outcome of the recommendations, as determined by follow-up meetings. The discussion which follows compares the capability of the four companies and links the findings from this case study to existing literature related to software process improvement success and failure.

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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
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering

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