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Networked Technologies: The Role of Networks in the Diffusion and Adoption of Software Process Improvement (SPI) Approaches

May 2004 White Paper
Karlheinz Kautz, Linda Levine, William E. Hefley, Jorn Johansen, Peter A. Nielsen

Social networks play a key role in the adoption and diffusion of software process improvement as a networked technology. This panel addressed actual examples of SPI networks and identified key characteristics of and roles in these emergent networks.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

Abstract

Software process improvement (SPI) is a field of research and practice focused on improving the practice of software  engineering by frequently introducing new methods and technical tools attuned to the managerial and process-oriented aspects of software development. Social networks play a key role in the adoption and diffusion of software process improvement as a networked technology. This panel addressed actual examples of SPI networks and identified key characteristics of and roles in these emergent networks.