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Top-down vs. bottom-up process improvement

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2 Author(s)
Thomas, M. ; Praxis,Touche Ross, Bath ; McGarry, F.

There are two approaches to process improvement. The top-down approach compares an organization's process with some generally accepted standard process. Process improvement is then the elimination of differences between an existing process and a standard one. The assumption is that, once the process is changed the generated products will be improved-or at least the risk of generating new software will he reduced. The bottom-up approach assumes that process change must be driven by an organization's goals, characteristics, product attributes, and experiences. Change is defined by a local domain instead of a universal set of accepted practices. For example, an organization whose primary goal is improving time to market may take a significantly different approach to process change than one whose primary goal is to produce defect-free software

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Jul 1994

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