A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods
April 1988 • Technical Report
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.
Software Engineering Institute
CMU/SEI Report Number
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):10.1184/R1/6571673.v1
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.