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A Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Software Process Maturity

  • December 1991
  • By Watts S. Humphrey, David Kitson, Julia Gale
  • This 1991 report characterizes the software processes used by software managers and practitioners in the U.S., Japan.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-91-TR-027
  • Abstract

    This report characterizes the software processes currently used by software managers and practitioners in the U.S., Japan. 

    The U.S. data for this comparative study of the state of software practice in the U.S., Japan is drawn from extensive SEI assessments conducted from 1987 through 1989. The Japanese maturity data was gathered during a three-week trip to Japan by the authors. This includes data on 168 U.S. projects and 196 Japanese software projects. 

    This data is not a statistically valid sample of the software capabilities of either the U.S. or Japanese software industries. However, the data does indicate that the Japanese software industry is, in some respects, both weaker and stronger than that in the U.S. There are also significant differences in the maturity findings between the U.S., Japanese organizations, and these have important implications for software organizations in both countries.

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SEI

Humphrey, Watts; Kitson, David; & Gale, Julia. A Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Software Process Maturity. CMU/SEI-91-TR-027. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1991. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11459

IEEE

Humphrey. Watts, Kitson. David, and Gale. Julia, "A Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Software Process Maturity," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-91-TR-027, 1991. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11459

APA

Humphrey, Watts., Kitson, David., & Gale, Julia. (1991). A Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Software Process Maturity (CMU/SEI-91-TR-027). Retrieved October 01, 2016, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11459

CHI

Watts Humphrey, David Kitson, & Julia Gale. A Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Software Process Maturity (CMU/SEI-91-TR-027). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1991. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11459

MLA

Humphrey, Watts., Kitson, David., & Gale, Julia. 1991. A Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Software Process Maturity (Technical Report CMU/SEI-91-TR-027). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11459

BibTex

@techreport{HumphreyAComparison1991,
title={A Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Software Process Maturity},
author={Watts Humphrey and David Kitson and Julia Gale},
year={1991},
number={CMU/SEI-91-TR-027},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11459} }