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SPI is dead, isn’t it? Clear the stage for continuous learning!

  • Software process improvement (SPI) is around for decades, but it is a critically discussed topic. In several waves, different aspects of SPI have been discussed in the past, e.g., large scale company-level SPI programs, maturity models, success factors, and in-project SPI. It is hard to find new streams or a consensus in the community, but there is a trend coming along with agile and lean software development. Apparently, practitioners reject extensive and prescriptive maturity models and move towards smaller, faster and continuous project-integrated SPI. Based on data from two survey studies conducted in Germany (2012) and Europe (2016), we analyze the process customization for projects and practices for implementing SPI in the participating companies. Our findings indicate that, even in regulated industry sectors, companies increasingly adopt in-project SPI activities, primarily with the goal to continuously optimize specific processes. Therefore, with this paper, we want to stimulate a discussion on how to evolve traditional SPI towards a continuous learning environment.

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Author of HS ReutlingenMünch, Jürgen
Erschienen in:2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software and System Processes : ICSSP 2019, 25 May 2019, Montréal, Canada, proceedings
Place of publication:Piscataway, NJ
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2019
Tag:SPI; continuous learning; software process improvement; survey research
Page Number:5
First Page:9
Last Page:13
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt