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Adept: A Unified Assessment Method for Small Software Companies

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3 Author(s)
Fergal Mc Caffery ; Lero--the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre ; Philip S. Taylor ; Gerry Coleman

Software process assessments are typically the first step to commencing software process improvement. Small software companies find that many assessment methods are linked to plan-driven improvement models and can be expensive in terms of the resources required. The authors support these claims with statistics from the Irish software industry and present a lightweight assessment method called Adept. Adept unifies an existing plan-driven assessment method and an adapted, risk-based agility/discipline assessment method. Adept has a low resource overhead and does not dictate either a plan-driven or agile process improvement model, making it an attractive assessment method for small software companies

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IEEE Software  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 1 )