Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

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Special Issue: Process improvement approaches fertilised by advances in SPI

August 2015

Volume 27, Issue 8

Pages i–iii, 509–601

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

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    1. Issue Information (pages i–iii)

      Article first published online: 19 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1686

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      Process improvement approaches fertilised by advances in SPI (pages 509–513)

      Miklós Biró, Richard Messnarz and Ricardo Colomo-Palacios

      Article first published online: 4 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1725

  3. Special Issue Papers

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    1. Identifying correlations of findings for building process improvement packages using graph clustering (pages 514–527)

      Su-Jin Choi, Dae-Kyoo Kim and Sooyong Park

      Article first published online: 23 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1723

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      Understanding correlations of software activities is essential for identifying process improvement actions. This work presents a capability maturity model integration-based method for identifying correlations of findings and building improvement packages using graph clustering techniques. The results of the evaluation in an industrial application show that the method produces more distinct improvement packages with clearer standing points than the work carried out manually by experts.

    2. ITIL in small to medium-sized enterprises software companies: towards an implementation sequence (pages 528–538)

      Lohana Lema, José-Antonio Calvo-Manzano, Ricardo Colomo-Palacios and Magdalena Arcilla

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1727

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      Information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) is a comprehensive guide for Information Technology Service Management. However, it is not suggesting an implementation sequence. In the scenario of Small and Medium Enterprises dedicated to producing software, authors investigate ITIL implementation sequence in these organizations. This is performed by means of two different instruments, first, a systematic literature review and second, a survey conducted among experts and practitioners. Results show in both cases that Incident Management Process should be the first process when implementing ITIL framework.

    3. Experience with teaching and applying process appraisals at a university (pages 539–544)

      Jozef De Man

      Article first published online: 27 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1730

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      Much research has been done in adapting the standard software process frameworks to make them more suitable for small organizations. Lightweight techniques have been developed to reduce the cost of appraisals. In this paper, we report experience with teaching and applying a lightweight appraisal approach in a university context. Focus has been on educational aspects, but we believe that the approach can also be deployed in small and very small enterprises.

    4. ECQA Governance SPICE assessor skills for evaluating integrated risk management scenarios (pages 545–554)

      János Ivanyos and Éva Sándor-Kriszt

      Article first published online: 15 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1729

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      Professionals having been acquiring and evidencing their Governance SPICE Assessor skills are able to provide unique consulting and assurance services for enterprises in optimizing the effects of uncertainties on enterprise governance objectives. By changing from the traditional model based compliance workshops to enterprise goals driven integrated risk management, the evaluation of compliance will focus on how the capability profiles of the implemented core business and governance processes are aligned with the governance objectives customized for the specific enterprise goals.

    5. Towards relating delivery methods and examination success: lessons learned from the VALO LLP project case study (pages 555–564)

      Harjinder Rahanu, Elli Georgiadou, Kerstin Siakas, Damjan Ekert, Richard Messanarz and Geetha Abeysinghe

      Article first published online: 1 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1726

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      In this paper, we consider the main delivery methods and their impact on assessment methods and associated results. With reference to the European Certification and Qualification Association framework and the recently completed European Union co-funded Lifelong Learning Programme project VALO, we juxtapose the delivery methods used and the examination results at different partner institutions. We extract observed issues and trends, which could be principles to be adopted by future projects with regards to process improvement and performance enhancement.

    6. Development of MDevSPICE® – the medical device software process assessment framework (pages 565–572)

      Marion Lepmets, Paul Clarke, Fergal McCaffery, Anita Finnegan and Alec Dorling

      Article first published online: 14 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1731

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      MDevSPICE® is a medical device software process assessment framework. The paper illustrates the development of both the process reference model and the process assessment model (PAM) of MDevSPICE®. The MDevSPICE® PAM can help software developers to prepare for regulatory audits, which they must satisfy as a prerequisite to placing their products on the market. The MDevSPICE® PAM can also assist medical device manufacturers to not only select competent software suppliers but also to standardize software development across software teams and departments.

    7. Choosing change strategy for ISO/IEC 33014 (pages 573–583)

      Jan Pries-Heje and Jørn Johansen

      Article first published online: 1 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1724

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      This paper reports from a study of the change strategies chosen in 134 Danish organizations using ImprovAbility framework containing 10 different change strategies to choose from. Our analysis reveals that the most popular organizational change strategy is optionality followed by specialist-driven, production-organized, and learning-driven.

    8. Where does all this waste come from? (pages 584–590)

      Wolfgang Raschke, Massimiliano Zilli, Johannes Loinig, Reinhold Weiss, Christian Steger and Christian Kreiner

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1732

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      During an industrial project, we experienced some pitfalls in the application of agile processes in dependable software systems. We present here not only the experiences we gathered in the construction of high-quality software but also a conceptual model of waste creation. This model is refined to a case study where we take appropriate measurements in order to provide empirical evidence for it. Finally, we discuss the implications of the developed model regarding agile and traditional processes.

    9. Assessing traceability—practical experiences and lessons learned (pages 591–601)

      Gilbert Regan, Miklos Biro, Derek Flood and Fergal McCaffery

      Article first published online: 15 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1728

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      Medical device software manufacturers can ensure that their software is safe by employing effective software development processes, which according to good software engineering practice includes traceability. However, as a result of a lack of guidance, manufacturers are often unsure about ‘what traceability is required’ or ‘how to implement it’. To assist these manufacturers employ effective and regulatory compliant traceability, this paper presents the development and validation of a traceability process assessment model and our idea for improving the model through automation.

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