The Development of a Low-Overhead Assessment Method for Irish Software SMEs

McCaffery, Fergal and Coleman, Gerry (2007) The Development of a Low-Overhead Assessment Method for Irish Software SMEs. Journal of Information Technology Management (JITM), XV111 (2).

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This paper describes the development of ‘Adept’, a low-overhead method of software process appraisal specifically targeted at Irish software small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The method explicitly focuses on organisations that have little or no experience of software process improvement (SPI) programmes. Historically, it has been difficult for software SMEs to find the resources, in both time and money, necessary to engage properly in SPI. To alleviate this, we have created a low-overhead and relatively non-invasive solution to support SMEs in establishing process improvement initiatives. The paper initially describes how Adept was developed and then illustrates how the method is currently being extended to include an on-line tool that may be used by the appraised organization to perform follow-on self-assessments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Software Process Improvement (SPI); Self-Assessment; Management; SMEs; Software Process Assessment Method
Subjects: Computer Science
Research Centres: Regulated Software Research Centre
Depositing User: Sonya Grimley
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2012 09:19
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:10

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