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Business success in software SMEs: Recommendations for future SPI studies

Clarke, Paul and O'Connor, Rory (2012) Business success in software SMEs: Recommendations for future SPI studies. In: 19th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement (EuroSPI 2012), 24-27 June 2012, Vienna, Austria.

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There is presently insufficient data regarding the relationship between software process improvement (SPI) and business success, a fact which may reduce process prioritisation in software development in practice. To assist future studies examining the relationship between SPI and business success, we developed a new two-phased approach to examining business. The first phase involves the elicitation of business objectives for the forthcoming year, with the second phase determining the extent of achievement of the recorded objectives. At EuroSPI 2011, we described the two-phased approach in detail and reported on the findings from deploying the first phase of the examination to software developing small- and medium-sized enterprises (software SMEs). In this follow-up paper, we report on the findings from the second phase of the investigation in the participating software SMEs, formulating an additional important new recommendation for future studies.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Software Process Improvement; SPI; Business Success; Software SMEs
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 Services Process Improvement. Communications in Computer and Information Science 301. Springer-Verlag.
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Copyright Information:© 2012 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:17613
Deposited On:05 Dec 2012 11:45 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 04 Feb 2016 11:54

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