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Process improvement and the corporate balance sheet

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1 Author(s)
Dion, R. ; Raytheon, Sudbury, MA, USA

The Software Engineering Initiative, process-improvement program undertaken by the Software Systems Laboratory in Raytheon's equipment division in mid-1988 is reviewed. The three phases of the program are the process-stabilization phase, in which the emphasis is on distilling the elements of the process actually being used and progressively institutionalizing it across all projects, the process-control phase, in which emphasis shifts to instrumenting projects to gather significant data and analyze the data to understand how to control the process, and the process-change phase, in which the emphasis is on determining how to adjust the process as a result of measurement analysis and how to diffuse the new methods among practitioners. It is shown that the process-improvement initiative has improved the equipment division's bottom line, increased productivity, and changed the corporate culture. Much of the savings came from reducing rework.<>

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 4 )