Short and long-term impacts of SPI in small software firms

Cater-Steel, Aileen and Rout, Terry and Toleman, Mark (2006) Short and long-term impacts of SPI in small software firms. In: ACIS 2006: 17th Australasian Conference on Information Systems: Thought, Leadership in IS, 6-8 Dec 2006, Adelaide, South Australia.

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Software process improvement for small firms is a significant challenge. The RAPID method provides a way for small firms to participate in process improvement programs without the enormous expenditures usually associated with such initiatives. There are successes but unfortunately it is not always just software processes that need improvement; business processes are also problematic. This paper reports on an Australian experience with the RAPID method and, in a retrospective, reviews the outcomes for five small firms. Their stories provide a range of experiences, and highlight the concerns in implementing improvements within this class of organisation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright. Paper 106.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 01:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: software development; software process improvement; process assessment; small enterprises; ISO/IEC 15504
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering

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