Software process improvement: assessments for small software firms

Cater-Steel, Aileen (2010) Software process improvement: assessments for small software firms. VDM Verlag Dr Muller, Saarbrucken, Germany. ISBN 978-3-639-24847-0


As software becomes increasingly important to all aspects of industry, there is a need to encourage practitioners to adopt best practice so as to improve the quality of the processes in use, and therefore achieve targets relating to time, budget and quality. As the software development industry is dominated by small firms, the effectiveness of assessment-based software process improvement for small organisations needs to be evaluated. Following an extensive survey, a detailed evaluation of a process improvement program in 22 small firms was carried out including eight processes. The study confirmed that there is wide variation in the extent of adoption of software development best practice. Small firms can benefit from a low cost process improvement program with a restricted scope, a short time frame to evaluation, and mentoring. The outcomes from this research will be of interest to software developers and managers as it has the potential to better equip practitioners and consultants to undertake software process improvement, hence increasing the success of small software development firms in domestic and global markets.

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 03:11
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: software process improvement; ISO/IEC 15504; process assessment; small-medium software firms; IT standards
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150302 Business Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890299 Computer Software and Services not elsewhere classified

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