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A Taxonomy to Compare Software Process Improvement Frameworks

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] Software process improvement (SPI) is based on the premise that product quality is strongly influenced by the quality of the associated software process for development and maintenance. Various SPI frameworks that have evolved from this principle differ in a number of ways that make them difficult to compare objectively. Four methods that can be used to compare SPI frameworks are examined. A simple, pragmatic SPI framework taxonomy is proposed that can point out framework similarities and differences on a high level. The taxonomy is applied to six common SPI frameworks.

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  • Topics: ISO 9000, Process Management, Software Quality, Total Quality Management
  • Keywords: Capability Maturity Model (CMM),ISO 9000,Process improvement,Software quality,Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Author: Halvorsen, Christian Printzell (; Conradi, Reidar (
  • Journal: Software Quality Professional Magazine