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Towards a Software Factory : DIVS-Diverse Ser. - Michiel Van Genuchten

Towards a Software Factory

DIVS-Diverse Ser.

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1992
ISBN: 9780792317517
Number Of Pages: 177

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The management and control of software projects is now seen as a critical factor in the successful development of efficient and cost-effective software products. The unprecedented demand for software has been met with a dramatically increasing number of products of varying size and complexity being made available. Thus the ability to effectively manage and control the software engineering lifecycle will ensure a competitve advantage in a highly competitive industry.
This book offers a systematic analysis of the critical factors involved in software engineering control and the means to achieve greater control of software projects. The central argument advocates an expansion of the current practice to include the control of development, maintenance, and re-use of software. The book not only describes what factors should be changed in the control of software engineering, it also provides guidelines for the enhancement of control factors.
A number of detailed `real-life' case studies of software engineering departments are included to illustrate the processes and principles involved.
This book will be of interest to managers, project leaders, analysts, and programmers involved with medium to large scale software engineering projects. Additionally, higher management and consultant-level software engineers will be able to keep up-to-date on the latest research on controlling software projects.

Introduction and Definition of the Problemp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Importance of software engineeringp. 3
Problems of software engineeringp. 6
Definition of the problemp. 9
The Process - Control - Information modelp. 10
Contentsp. 12
Why Is Software Late? Empirical studies of reasons for delay in software developmentp. 14
Introductionp. 14
Surveys on the overrun of development projectsp. 14
Definition and planning of the studyp. 19
A systems software departmentp. 25
A diversified software development departmentp. 30
A CAD development projectp. 31
Summary and conclusionsp. 35
Changes in Software Engineering Controlp. 37
Introductionp. 37
Basic principles of traditional software developmentp. 37
Traditional controlp. 39
Changes in software engineering and its controlp. 42
Summary and conclusionsp. 48
Quality and Maintenance; towards product controlp. 50
Introductionp. 50
Quality attributesp. 50
Quality definitionsp. 53
Causes of increasing maintenancep. 59
A response to the maintenance problemp. 61
Consequences for controlp. 67
Summary and conclusionsp. 73
Reuse of Software; towards multiproduct controlp. 74
Introductionp. 74
The necessity of reusep. 74
Reuse in industryp. 76
A parallel in software developmentp. 80
Reuse of softwarep. 84
Multiproduct controlp. 86
A specific software factoryp. 93
Towards a Software Factoryp. 95
Introductionp. 95
Levels of process controlp. 95
Steps towards the software factoryp. 99
Summary and conclusionsp. 102
Information Systems in Software Engineering Control and Production Controlp. 104
Introductionp. 104
Information systems for software engineering controlp. 104
Comparison of the systems and assessment with respect to the software factoryp. 113
Information systems in production controlp. 117
Assessment with respect to the software factoryp. 124
Summary and conclusionsp. 128
A Data Model for an Information System for Multiproduct Controlp. 130
Introductionp. 130
Additional requirementsp. 130
A data modelp. 133
A description of some entitiesp. 137
Use of the proposed data modelp. 145
First Steps Towards a Software Factoryp. 147
Introductionp. 147
Basic principlesp. 147
Two examples of data collection with regard to time and moneyp. 151
Two examples of data collection with regard to qualityp. 154
Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 161
Introductionp. 161
Summary and conclusionsp. 161
Recommendations for future researchp. 164
Referencesp. 167
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780792317517
ISBN-10: 0792317513
Series: DIVS-Diverse Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 177
Published: 31st May 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 16.46  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.46

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