SPI Long-Term Benefits: Case Studies of Five Small Firms

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Title SPI Long-Term Benefits: Case Studies of Five Small Firms
Author Cater-Steel, Aileen; Rout, Terence Patrick
Book Title Software Process Improvement for Small and Medium Enterprises: Techniques and Case Studies
Editor Hanna Oktaba and Mario Pattini
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Pennsylvania, USA
Publisher Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global)
Abstract The contribution of small enterprises to the software industry is marked, but the level of understanding of the ways in which they can survive, grow, and improve is limited. In particular, there has been a lack of information on the long-term outcomes of process improvement initiatives in small firms. Building on the basis of a study of assessment-based improvement in 23 small and medium size organizations, we have undertaken a follow-up meeting with each company approximately five years following the original assessment. The results show that changes made in an organisation, driven by a framework of model-based improvement, can have long-term impacts even in small organisations; it appears, however, that there is no necessary link between success in implementing improvement and survival of the organisation. The results provide insight into the extent to which improvement actions can reinforce overall success for the small business.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-59904-906-9
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-59904-906-9.ch012
Chapter Number 12
Page from 223
Page to 241
ISBN 978-1-59904-906-9
Date Accessioned 2008-07-13
Language en_US
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Software Engineering
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/23664
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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