Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement (Practitioners #29) (Paperback)

By El Emam, Madhavji Nh

Wiley-IEEE Computer Society PR, 9780818685231, 398pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 1999

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Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement 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).

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.

These four elements answer the needs of individuals involved in software process improvement as well as those involved in basic and applied research. Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement is an invaluable source of practical information for software process professionals.

About the Author

Khaled El Emam is currently Research Associate, Software Engineering at the National Research Council, Canada. He was previously the head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering in Germany. Dr. El Emam is also the editor of the IEEE TCSE Software Process Newsletter, the current International Trials Coordinator for the SPICE Trials (which is empirically evaluating the emerging ISO/IEC 15504 International Standard world-wide), and co-editor of the ISO's project to develop an international standard defining the software measurement process. Previously, he worked in both small and large software research and development projects for organizations such as Toshiba International Company, Yokogawa Electric, and Honeywell Control Systems. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King's College, the University of London (UK) in 1994. He was previously a Research Scientist at the Centre de recherche informatique de Montreal (CRIM) in Canada.