Towards a Multidimensional Self-assessment for Software Process Improvement: A Pilot Tool

Elli Georgiadou, Eleni Berki, Kerstin Siakas , Samer Sameh, John Estdale , Harjinder Rahanu , Margaret Ross, Richard Messnarz, Juri-Petri Valtanen

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    The SPI Manifesto provides a framework for guiding software development organisations in their improvement efforts. Based on the Values of People, Business and Change, which are supported and informed by one or more of the ten principles, the designer and developer can avoid pitfalls, minimise risks and make their business successful. It has been established, in theory and practice, that improving the process results in improvement of the products and services emanating from that process. Following a number of earlier multidimensional analyses of the SPI Manifesto, carried out by the authors, a series of tabular representations identifying the nature, importance and strength of relationships between the Manifesto’s Values and Principles in terms of eight dimensions encapsulated in the acronym STEEPLED (Sociocultural, Technical, Economic, Environmental, Political, Legal, Ethical and Demographic) were developed. In this paper, we present a conceptualisation of a pilot automated tool (based on the STEEPLED Analysis), which could, potentially, be implemented/realised and used for self-assessment by software developing organisations. Starting with a self-assessment, current issues and requirements could be identified and revealed. The self-assessment using the pilot automated tool would, additionally, reveal areas requiring improvement, and would serve as a guide for the participating organisation to put focus on prioritising candidate process areas that require improvement. Also, the field testing of the pilot tool could enable the design and improvement of the tool itself, which, in turn, will be used in future for expert external/independent process assessment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSystems, Software and Services Process Improvement
    Subtitle of host publication28th European Conference, EuroSPI 2021, Krems, Austria, September 1–3, 2021, Proceedings
    EditorsMurat Yilmaz, Paul Clarke, Richard Messnarz, Michael Reiner
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-85521-5
    ISBN (Print)9783030855208
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2021

    Publication series

    NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science


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