AHAA- Agile, Hybrid Assessment Method for Automotive, Safety Critical SMEs

McCaffery, Fergal and Pikkarainen, Minna and Richardson, Ita (2008) AHAA- Agile, Hybrid Assessment Method for Automotive, Safety Critical SMEs. In: International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2008), May 2008, Leipzig, Germany.

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The need for software is increasingly growing in the automotive industry. Software development projects are, however, often troubled by time and budget overruns, resulting in systems that do not fulfill customer requirements. Both research and industry lack strategies to combine reducing the long software development lifecycles (as required by time-to-market demands) with increasing the quality of the software developed. Software process improvement (SPI) provides the first step in the move towards software quality, and assessments are a vital part of this process. Unfortunately, software process assessments are often expensive and time consuming. Additionally, they often provide companies with a long list of issues without providing realistic suggestions. The goal of this paper is to describe a new low-overhead assessment method that has been designed specifically for small-to-medium-sized (SMEs) organisations wishing to be automotive software suppliers. This assessment method integrates the structured-ness of the plan-driven SPI models of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and Automotive SPICETM with the flexibleness of agile practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Software engineering: Automotive industry; Software process assessments
Subjects: Computer Science
Research Centres: Regulated Software Research Centre
Depositing User: Sonya Grimley
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 10:13
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:10

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