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Why do we do software process improvement?

Study on commonly used goals in practice
: Schmitt, Anna; Diebold, Philipp


Abrahamsson, Pekka (Ed.):
Product-focused software process improvement. 17th international conference, PROFES 2016 : Trondheim, Norway, November 22-24, 2016; Proceedings
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 10027)
ISBN: 978-3-319-49093-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-49094-6 (Online)
International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES) <17, 2016, Trondheim>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
development process; software process improvement; reasoning

Every company tries to improve its overall business, especially in the fast and reacting world of software. For these improvement activities, the development process is a major aspect. Our goal was the elicitation of common improvement goals that are considered for improving the development process. For collecting the common improvement goals, we used a mixture of methods. We started with existing literature and results of a survey. Further, we extended both by a set of workshops with industrial partners. Besides the common aspects of time, cost, and quality, some new goals, such as participation and democratization, appeared. These results lead to a more practitioner-oriented field of process improvement, since we are aware of common practical improvement goals.