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An approach to evaluating software process adaptation

Clarke, Paul and O'Connor, Rory (2011) An approach to evaluating software process adaptation. In: 11th International SPICE Conference on Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination, 30 May - 1 jun 2011, Dublin, Ireland. ISBN 978-3-642-21233-8

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Process maturity reference frameworks such as ISO/IEC 15504 and the Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI) seek to assist software process improvement (SPI) efforts by prescribing a roadmap for improving the capability of the development process. However, such frameworks are not widely adopted in the practice [1], [2], especially in smaller software development organisations where the development process is often modified based on business events [3]. Such modification of the development process represents an attempt to harmonise the process with the changing needs of the business, which is a dynamic capability. Dynamic capabilities refer to the ability of businesses to adapt to changing circumstances and according to the evolutionary theory of the firm [4], organisations that possess greater dynamic capability are more successful. This paper introduces dynamic SPI capability - the ability to adapt the software process relative to changing situational circumstances – as a method for evaluating software process adaptation.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Software process; SPI; ISO/IEC 15504; SPICE
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Systems, Software and Service Process Improvement. Communications in Computer and Information Science 155. Springer Verlag. ISBN 978-3-642-21233-8
Publisher:Springer Verlag
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Copyright Information:© 2011 Springer-Verlag The original publication is available at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16728
Deposited On:11 Jan 2012 12:05 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 04 Feb 2016 11:56

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