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An industrial case study of implementing software risk management

: Freimut, B.; Hartkopf, S.; Kaiser, P.; Kontio, J.; Kobitzsch, W.

urn:nbn:de:0011-n-78131 (294 KByte PDF)
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Created on: 05.12.2001

Kaiserslautern, 2001, VII, 28 pp. : Ill., Lit.
IESE-Report, 016.01/E
Reportnr.: 016.01/E
Report, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IESE ()
risk management; case study; lessons learned

Explicit risk management is gaining grounds in industrial software development projects. However, there are few empirical studies that investigate the transfer of explicit risk management into industry, the adequacy of the risk management approaches to the constraints of industrial contexts, or their cost-benefit. This paper presents results from a case study that introduced a systematic risk management method, namely the Riskit method, into a large German telecommunication company. The objective of the case study was (1) to analyze the usefulness and adequacy of the Riskit method and (2) to analyze the cost-benefit of the Riskit method in this industrial context. The results of (1) also aimed at the improvement and customization of the Riskit method. Moreover we compare our findings with results of previous case studies to obtain more generalized conclusions on the Riskit method. Our results showed that the Riskit method is practical, adds value to the project, and that its key concepts are understood and usable in practice. Additionally, many lessons learned are reported that are useful for the general audience that wants to transfer risk management into new projects.