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Show simple item record Larrucea, Xabier O'Connor, Rory V. Colomo-Palacios, Ricardo Laporte, Claude Y. 2017-01-03T14:57:13Z 2017-01-03T14:57:13Z 2016
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dc.description.abstract When many people think of software companies, they think of the large organizations that have become so well known in the marketplace. However, a flow of offerings are also coming from smaller organizations, including very small entities (VSEs), which have 25 or fewer employees. Moreover, most products and services from big software vendors depend on third-party components and other forms of collaboration involving VSEs or small units within large organizations. Thus, small and very small organizations—which include most software startups [1] —are the global software industry’s dominant force [2] and are crucial to its competitiveness and innovation. Software process is a leading research area for software-engineering academics. And managing software process is a big challenge for practitioners. Large organizations typically have used traditional softwareprocess- improvement (SPI) models such as CMMI and ISO/IEC 15504 (also called Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination [SPICE]). Smaller organizations generally haven’t done so for many reasons, such as the perception that these efforts were developed by and for larger organizations, are costly, require much documentation and bureaucracy, and don’t clearly establish software processes [3]. For many small and very small software companies, implementing software-development management controls and structures is a major challenge. At a time when software quality is a key to competitive advantage, organizations are using only a few of the most popular ISO/IEC systems and softwareengineering standards. Research shows that small and very small companies often have difficulty relating ISO/IEC standards to their business needs and justifying their application to their business practices [4]. Most don’t see their net benefit; lack expertise; or can’t afford the necessary employees, cost, and time. In 2011, driven by VSEs’ increasing importance and growing need for systems and software life cycle profiles and guidelines, the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission jointly published a set of ISO/IEC 29110 standards and guides (available at no cost from ISO at Other initiatives are devoted to small entities—some from Latin America, such as Competisoft [5] and others from Europe, such as ITmark. But ISO/IEC 29110 is becoming the widely adopted standard [6]. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Computer Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries IEEE Software;33 (2), pp. 85-89
dc.rights © 2016 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works. en_US
dc.subject software companies en_US
dc.subject large organizations en_US
dc.subject software engineering en_US
dc.title Software process improvement in very small organizations en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1109/MS.2016.42
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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