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PRISMS: an approach to software process improvement for small to medium enterprises

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3 Author(s)
Allen, P. ; Beckett Park Campus, Leeds Metropolitan Univ., UK ; Ramachandran, M. ; Abushama, H.

The paper describes an ongoing project to define a suitable process model for software process improvement in small to medium organizations. This is being carried out as a collaborative project between Leeds Metropolitan University and four small to medium companies who are currently implementing SP1 programs. Key features of the PRISMS process are: explicitly relating improvement goals to business goals, which are used to choose and prioritize key process areas for improvement; the use of a simplified and tailorable assessment method based on CMM (Paulk et al., 1995); the definition and use of metrics from the outset; and mechanisms to encourage maximum transparency in the process and participation by all stakeholders.

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Quality Software, 2003. Proceedings. Third International Conference on

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6-7 Nov. 2003