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Radical Improvements Require Radical Actions: Simulating a High-Maturity Software Organization

  • June 1997
  • By Steven Burke (Computer Sciences Corporation)
  • This 1997 report describes the methodology used to create a simulation of a high-maturity software organization and the results of that simulation.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-96-TR-024
  • Abstract

    This report describes the methodology used to create a simulation of a high-maturity software organization and the results of that simulation. The goal of this research was to find the quantitative value of improving from the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Level 3 to Level 5. The method was to simulate a high-maturity organization using its actual empirical data and then "cut out" the high-maturity elements of the simulation. The resulting change in software size, effort, schedule, and quality would be a more accurate measure of the value of high maturity than working forward with a low- or medium-maturity organization and merely hypothesizing the activities and values of high maturity. The author used computer simulations based on systems thinking and systems dynamics, which reasonably modeled the "soft variables" of the people aspects of an organization (personnel attitudes, learning curve, participation in software process improvement, etc.). The simulation also related the soft variables to the hard variables of a software organization's life-cycle process (software size, effort, schedule, quality, etc.).

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SEI

Burke, Steven. Radical Improvements Require Radical Actions: Simulating a High-Maturity Software Organization. CMU/SEI-96-TR-024 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12649

IEEE

Burke. Steven, "Radical Improvements Require Radical Actions: Simulating a High-Maturity Software Organization," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-024 , 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12649

APA

Burke, Steven. (1997). Radical Improvements Require Radical Actions: Simulating a High-Maturity Software Organization (CMU/SEI-96-TR-024 ). Retrieved August 22, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12649

CHI

Steven Burke. Radical Improvements Require Radical Actions: Simulating a High-Maturity Software Organization (CMU/SEI-96-TR-024 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12649

MLA

Burke, Steven. 1997. Radical Improvements Require Radical Actions: Simulating a High-Maturity Software Organization (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-024 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12649

BibTex

@techreport{BurkeRadicalImprovements1997,
title={Radical Improvements Require Radical Actions: Simulating a High-Maturity Software Organization},
author={Steven Burke},
year={1997},
number={CMU/SEI-96-TR-024 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12649} }