A Low-Overhead Method for Software Process Appraisal

Wilkie, F.G and McCaffery, Fergal and McFall, D and Lester, Neil and Wilkinson, E (2007) A Low-Overhead Method for Software Process Appraisal. Software Process Improvement and Practice Journal, 12. pp. 339-349.

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This paper describes a low-overhead method of software process appraisal that has been developed and used by the Centre for Software Process Technologies (CSPT) to appraise small-to-medium-sized software development organisations in Northern Ireland (NI) that have little or no experience of software process improvement programmes. During the appraisal, information is collected and reviewed to produce a findings report. The findings report consists of a list of strengths, issues and suggested actions for each of the process areas evaluated. The suggested actions detail how the assessed company may improve their processes in line with their business goals. Because the NI software industry is mainly composed of small-to-medium sized software development companies, it is sometimes difficult, both in terms of financial expense and time, for such companies to engage in regular appraisals with the CSPT appraisal team. Therefore, since the main purpose of the CSPT is to instil a software process improvement culture into the NI software industry a pragmatic and relatively non-evasive solution has been developed. This solution has two parts. The first part enables an initial software process appraisal to be performed on-site by the CSPT appraisal team. The second part is an on-line appraisal tool used by the company itself during follow-on periodic self-appraisals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CMMI; Light weight appraisal; SMEs; Software engineering practices; On-line self-appraisal
Subjects: Computer Science
Research Centres: Regulated Software Research Centre
Depositing User: Sonya Grimley
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 09:15
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:10

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