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A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods

  • April 1988
  • By William G. Wood, Richard D. Pethia, Lauren Roberts Gold, Robert Firth
  • This 1988 report outlines a process that provides method assessors with a systematic way to improve their understanding of and form opinions about the ability of existing methods to meet their organization's software engineering methods.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-88-TR-008
  • Abstract

    Over the past decade, the term "software engineering methods" has been attached to a variety of procedures and techniques that attempt to provide an orderly, systematic way of developing software. Existing methods approach the task of software engineering in different ways. Deciding which methods to use to reduce development costs and improve the quality of products is a difficult task. This report outlines a five-step process and an organized set of questions that provide method assessors with a systematic way to improve their understanding of and form opinions about the ability of existing methods to meet their organization's needs.

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SEI

Wood, William; Pethia, Richard; Roberts Gold, Lauren; & Firth, Robert. A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods. CMU/SEI-88-TR-008 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1988. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10609

IEEE

Wood. William, Pethia. Richard, Roberts Gold. Lauren, and Firth. Robert, "A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-88-TR-008 , 1988. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10609

APA

Wood, William., Pethia, Richard., Roberts Gold, Lauren., & Firth, Robert. (1988). A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods (CMU/SEI-88-TR-008 ). Retrieved March 24, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10609

CHI

William Wood, Richard Pethia, Lauren Roberts Gold, & Robert Firth. A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods (CMU/SEI-88-TR-008 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10609

MLA

Wood, William., Pethia, Richard., Roberts Gold, Lauren., & Firth, Robert. 1988. A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods (Technical Report CMU/SEI-88-TR-008 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10609

BibTex

@techreport{WoodAGuide1988,
title={A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods},
author={William Wood and Richard Pethia and Lauren Roberts Gold and Robert Firth},
year={1988},
number={CMU/SEI-88-TR-008 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10609} }