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A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods

April 1988 Technical Report
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.