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A conceptual framework for SPI evaluation
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, ISSN 2047-7473, Vol. 26, no 2, 251-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Software Process Improvement (SPI) encompasses the analysis and modification of the processes within software development, aimed at improving key areas that contribute to the organizations’ goals. The task of evaluating whether the selected improvement path meets these goals is challenging. On the basis of the results of a systematic literature review on SPI measurement and evaluation practices, we developed a framework (SPI Measurement and Evaluation Framework (SPI-MEF)) that supports the planning and implementation of SPI evaluations. SPI-MEF guides the practitioner in scoping the evaluation, determining measures, and performing the assessment. SPI-MEF does not assume a specific approach to process improvement and can be integrated in existing measurement programs, refocusing the assessment on evaluating the improvement initiative’s outcome. Sixteen industry and academic experts evaluated the framework’s usability and capability to support practitioners, providing additional insights that were integrated in the application guidelines of the framework.

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Wiley , 2014. Vol. 26, no 2, 251-279 p.
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software process improvement, software measurement, software process evaluation
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Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6718DOI: 10.1002/smr.1637ISI: 000331129000004Local ID: diva2:834251
Available from: 2014-04-23 Created: 2013-11-28 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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