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Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement : Practitioners - Khaled El Emam

Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement


Paperback Published: 11th May 1999
ISBN: 9780818685231
Number Of Pages: 398

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<i>Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement</i> reviews current assessment practices, experiences, and new research trends in software process improvement. The newly revised chapters are expanded from articles that appeared in SPN, The Software Process Newsletter of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Software Engineering (TCSE). <p> This book describes in detail the process improvement cycle, including diagnosing an organization, establishing a business case, changing elements within a process, and evaluating the impact of these changes. These elements are divided into four parts providing a comprehensive view of the software process improvement field. The first part describes contemporary models that are used to evaluate an organization's processes and capabilities. The next covers the business case for assessment and improvement by providing ample evidence that demonstrates possible improvements as well as evidence of assessment reliability. Part three provides application guidance covering critical success factors including tools and techniques. The final portion covers important and exciting developments that enhance process improvement tools and the reader's understanding of organizational processes in practice. <p> These four elements answer the needs of individuals involved in software process improvement as well as those involved in basic and applied research. <i>Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement</i> is an invaluable source of practical information for software process professionals.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Capability Maturity Model for Softwarep. 3
Risk Management in Software Product Procurementp. 23
The SPICE Projectp. 45
Software Process Assessment and Improvement: 5 Years of Experiences with Bootstrapp. 57
ISO 9001 for Software Organizationsp. 77
The People Capability Maturity Model for Improving the Software Workforcep. 101
An Inductive Method for Software Process Improvement: Concrete Steps and Guidelinesp. 113
The Economics of Software Process Improvementsp. 133
The Payoff for Software Process Improvement: What it is and How to Get itp. 151
Empirical Studies of Software Process Assessment Methodsp. 177
Essence and Accidents in SEI-Style Assessments or "Maybe this Time the Voice of the Engineer will be Heard"p. 221
Tailoring the CMM for Small Businesses, Small Organizations, and Small Projectsp. 239
Starting the Climb Towards the CMM Level 2 Plateaup. 259
The Role of Design Analysis in Process Improvementp. 271
Action Planningp. 281
Modeling Software Processes Quantitatively and Evaluating the Performance of Process Alternativesp. 297
Metrics and Laws of Software Evolution - The Nineties View
About the Authorsp. 369
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ISBN: 9780818685231
ISBN-10: 0818685239
Series: Practitioners
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 11th May 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.16 x 18.54  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.87