Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

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Special Issue: Selected Industrial Experience Papers of EuroSPI 2010

April 2013

Volume 25, Issue 4

Pages 325–406

Issue edited by: Miklós Biró, Richard Messnarz, Ricardo Colomo Palacios

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  2. Special Issue Papers

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    1. IT-supported innovation management in the automotive supplier industry to drive idea generation and leverage innovation (pages 329–339)

      Martin Neumann, Andreas Riel and Daniel Brissaud

      Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.578

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      This paper focuses on leveraging idea generation as an essential part of the innovation management process in the automotive supplier industry. The key issue is to transform existing closed processes in open processes involving several different stakeholders within and outside the entire organization. The case study of an innovative German automotive supplier is presented, who aims at improving its idea generation and management in particular

    2. Improving safety and availability of complex systems by using an integrated design approach in development (pages 341–349)

      Volker Bachmann and Richard Messnarz

      Article first published online: 31 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.580

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      For most mechanical engineers mechatronics is the combination of actuators, sensors, electronics and software. This paper showed that the mechanics is an essential part of a mechatronical system as well. Mostly there is a clear tool chain break in documentation systems between mechanics and electronics/software. The processes do not work hand in hand. Thus this paper showed how an integrated design approach leads to an improvement of the product system stability and to a higher level of safety and availability.

    3. Contextualizing agile software development (pages 351–361)

      Philippe Kruchten

      Article first published online: 27 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.572

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      We present a contextual model for software-intensive system development to guide the adoption and adaptation of agile software development practices, especially when the context of the project departs significantly from the idea, agile “sweet spot”: large systems, distributed development environment, safety-critical systems, system requiring a novel architecture, or systems with an unorthodox business model or governance model.

    4. A lightweight traceability assessment method for medical device software (pages 363–372)

      Valentine Casey and Fergal Mc Caffery

      Article first published online: 6 OCT 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.571

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      Traceability is central to medical device software development and essential for regulatory approval, but it can be difficult for organisations to successfully implement. In this paper, we outline the development and implementation of Med-Trace, a lightweight software traceability process assessment and improvement method developed specifically for the medical device industry. We also present and discuss our findings from two industry-based Med-Trace assessments.

    5. Automotive and medical: can we learn from each other? (pages 373–379)

      Anne Kramer

      Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.573

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      To encourage cross-domain communication in safety-critical areas we compared the new standard ISO 26262 for the automotive industry with existing regulations of the medical device industry. Although a large number of activities coincide, differences exist in the vocabulary and the way the standards are interpreted. To illustrate the synergy that might be obtained by a more standardized approach to software development, we point out two areas (tool qualification and usability) where one domain might learn from the other.

    6. The people aspects in modern process improvement management approaches (pages 381–391)

      Morten Korsaa, Jörn Johansen, Tomas Schweigert, Detlef Vohwinkel, Richard Messnarz, Risto Nevalainen and Miklos Biro

      Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.570

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      It is well-known that process improvement change requires “tools-processes-people.” Engineers have spent most energy on the tools and processes, but everything is done by people, and success depends on people and their competencies. The increasing focus on people is reflected in many change models; some are discussed in this paper.

    7. A framework for evaluation and control of the factors that influence the software process improvement in small organizations (pages 393–406)

      Ismael Edrein Espinosa-Curiel, Josefina Rodríguez-Jacobo and José Alberto Fernández-Zepeda

      Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.569

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      This paper introduces a framework of factors that influence software process improvement (SPI) initiatives in micro-sized and small-sized software enterprises and a methodology to evaluate and control these factors. This framework includes 132 factors grouped in six categories. Additionally, we specify their properties, their value scales, and the property values for each factor. SPI managers could use this framework to evaluate and control potential threats to SPI initiatives and to propose better SPI strategies.

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