A Problem-Based Approach to Software Process Improvement: A Case Study

© 1999 Johanna Rothman. This article was originally published in Crosstalk, October 1999. Organizations struggle [1] with their process improvement efforts for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most common struggle pattern is to take a long time developing a general understanding of their processes and then trying to define all possible alternatives in the …

Achieving a Repeatable Process

by Johanna Rothman. This article was originally published in Software Development Magazine, June 1998. Large, permanent engineering cultural change–or process improvement–generally takes a long time to implement. However, key repeatable processes can free up time in an organization and let people spend more time on the creative work of software development. I recently worked with a …

A Problem-Based Approach to Software Process Improvement: A Case Study

© 1998 Johanna Rothman. Abstract Organizations struggle [1] with their process improvement efforts for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most common struggle pattern is to take a long time developing a general understanding of their processes and then trying to define all possible alternatives in the product development process. This pattern leads to large, …

Case Study: From “Chaos” to “Repeatable” in Four Months

© 1997 Johanna Rothman. Abstract Recent writing in the software process improvement literature [1,2] discuss those organizations who start off at an ad hoc level (CMM level 1) and proceed to a repeatable level (CMM level 2) and higher. However, there are many organizations who cannot make progress towards level 2 until they have a …

Is Your Investment in Quality and Process Improvement Paying Off?

© 1997 Johanna Rothman. Abstract Organizations are spending more time and money on their testing and process efforts. But, how do you know whether or not the testing and process improvements efforts are paying off? One way is to define specific metrics to measure the effectiveness of your process, and the efficiency with which the …