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MASS - a Method for Assessing Software Subcontractors

: Assmann, D.
: Beitz, A.; Rombach, H.D.

Kaiserslautern, 2000, XIV, 254 S.
Kaiserslautern, Univ., Dipl.-Arb., 2000
Fraunhofer IESE ()
acquisition; assessment; outsourcing; selection; subcontractor

More and more companies in the software domain use subcontractors or work as subcontractors to provide pieces of a system solution. In this context it has become crucial to select a subcontractor based on the maturity and competence. The result of this work shall help answer the question: "How does one select a software vendor?".
There exist a number of acquisition approaches and frameworks including acquisition approaches, such as SW-CMM, SA-CMM, ISO-15504 (aka SPICE), ISO-9000, EuroMethod, IEEE-1062 and some more minor ones. These documents were analyzed and compared.
This work provides two results: A comparison of the approaches discussed from a practical point of view and a method built upon the existing frameworks and methods. This is the first version of a complete second-generation approach. This method is callled MASS.