Application of the SPI‑KM Approach to Support the Implementation of the MPS Model in Small- and Medium‑Sized Enterprises in Brazil

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Montoni, Mariano; Santos, Gleison; Vasconcellos, Jucele; Figueiredo, Savio; Cabral, Reinaldo; Cerdeiral, Cristina; Katsurayama, Anne Elise; Lupo, Peter; Zanetti, David; Rocha, Ana Regina   (Montoni, Mariano; Santos, Gleison; Vasconcellos, Jucele; Figueiredo, Savio; Cabral, Reinaldo; Cerdeiral, Cristina; Katsurayama, Anne Elise; Lupo, Peter; Zanetti, David; Rocha, Ana Regina)   COPPE/UFRJ—Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Software Quality Professional    Vol. 11    No. 1
QICID: 24943    December 2008    pp. 34-45

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Article Abstract

[This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] The lack of financial and human resources is one cause of the failure of many software process improvement initiatives by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil. Recently, the Brazilian software industry and research universities have been working cooperatively to develop and distribute a software process model, the MPS model, to improve the quality of Brazilian software processes and products. The SPI-KM approach has been developed to help SMEs deal with the difficulties encountered during software improvement initiatives. The approach is supported by a process-centered software engineering environment called the Taba Workstation. Results and lessons learned from the application of the approach in a group of five Brazilian SMEs that implemented the MPS model are described.

Keywords

Software quality, Software industry, Brazil, Process improvement, Small business


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