An approach to characterize a software process

  • Suula M
  • Makinen T
  • Varkoi T
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Abstract

Process improvement is a cyclic activity consisting of several
phases. According to the quality improvement paradigm, the first phase
is characterization. This paper presents a developed methodology for
characterizing a software process. The methods include software process
assessment and modeling. Using an assessment driven process modeling
methodology we can create a descriptive model that characterizes the
current process, and a prescriptive model containing improvement
suggestions. The selected processes are reviewed and the process
components are gathered according to a software engineering process
meta-model. The SPICE assessment model is utilized in process reviews.
In a case study the methodology is applied to characterize the software
process of a small enterprise. The current process is defined and its
process capability and product quality are determined. The enterprise's
process guide, the produced work products and the projects workload are
analyzed. This paper reports the experiences of using the methodology
and presents a way to analyze the implications caused by the differences
between the existing process guidance and the actually implemented
process.

Author-supplied keywords

  • software process improvement;software quality;SPIC

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Authors

  • M Suula

  • T Makinen

  • T Varkoi

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