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ProPAM: SPI Based on Process and Project Alignment

ProPAM: SPI Based on Process and Project Alignment
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Author(s): Paula Ventura Martins (INESC-ID, CSI & Universidade do Algarve, Portugal) and Alberto Rodrigues da Silva (INESC-ID & Instituto Superior TĂ©cnico, Portugal)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch243
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Software Process Improvement is one of the main software development challenges. Unfortunately, process descriptions generally do not correspond to the processes actually performed during software development projects. They just represent high-level plans and do not contain the information necessary in a software project. This lack of alignment between the process and project is caused by processes that are unrelated to project activities and failure in detecting project changes to improve the process. Process and project alignment is essential to really find out how process management is important to achieve an organization’s strategic objectives. Considering this alignment, this paper presents a software process improvement methodology designed by Process and Project Alignment Methodology (ProPAM). The most important issues of this approach are the meta-models for process and project alignment and further iterative process improvement.

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