According to (Aaen, et. 2005) Software Process Improvement way of thinking encourages software engineers and managers to look beyond the software they are developing, and to consider the way in which they work together and coordinate their efforts. Software development process requires continuous improvement in order to build successful and quality products. The more organized and quality oriented a process is, the better products companies will produce and deliver. (ZAHOOR UL ISLAM XIANZHONG ZHOU) mentioned that the complexity of the new process can make it not easy to organize and manage process efficiency that could perform all the tasks in parallel and
In any design practice, the word “prototype” is often not far from the things that the designers will be involved in. Prototyping is the process of realizing these prototypes. Here, the process can range from just an execution of a computer program to the actual building of a functional prototype. Rapid prototyping typically falls in the range of a physical prototype, usually are fairly accurate and can be implemented on a component level or at a system level. The versatility and range of different prototypes, from complete systems to individual components, that can be produced by RP at varying degrees of approximation makes it an important tool for prototyping in the product development process.
Instead of creating detailed specifications for end products at the beginning of an endeavor, agile managers only identify priorities. As their teams work towards their goals, these managers remain flexible, communicate with all stakeholders, and change product requirements whenever necessary. The Agile PM methodology suits businesses that seek to quickly and consistently provide products to consumers. Software development companies prefer this “light-touch” management style which facilitates rapid production cycles. With this system, team leaders can create responsive and transparent workplace cultures.
What if It just is too large-scaled to deal with or the problem domain imposes certain constraints to how elaborate project plan could possibly become at the inception simply because of too much uncertainty, unknowns and dynamic nature of the domain. Deliberate scope reduction That’s when you’ll probably want to use so called “progressive elaboration” technique. The concept of progressive elaboration refers to a project management technique in which particular project’s plan is being constantly and continuously tackled, modified, and improved as information concerning the project is becoming more and more detailed and improved to the project manager and his team throughout project life cycle as it unfolds [PMOK]. In result of processing new information inflow a new update to the project management plan will have the characteristic of being much more accurately drawn up and complete. Newly formed plans are ultimately stacking up into a successive iterations as the project unfolds further, providing fundamentally essential ability to refine project plan while it’s already running, enabling management to kick off with a plan which reminds of preliminary sketch and refine
The processes as well as the connections between the processes in a knowledge work are more often than not invisible. It is therefore not easy to visualize and predict all the bottlenecks and problem areas which may arise in the project prior to its functioning. It is thus a hindrance in indentifying the problems early and solving them effectively as well as efficiently 3. Knowledge work is often related to design related tasks spanning from architecture related to the high levels right down to the details pertaining to the low levels. In spite of the presence of the differences, Lean principles have been applied in the knowledge works and studies have shown several areas where they can have a major impact in improving the operational and performance metrics of the organization.
SOFTWARE PROCESS IMPROVEMENT The objective of software process improvement is to apply organized steps of a method to improve development process like Quality improvement, schedule reduction and Cost reduction. An organization should evaluate their structure and process to identify the weakness and success of software development process and take action to improve software
It aims at building, testing, and releasing software faster and more frequently. The approach helps reduce the cost, time, and risk of delivering changes by allowing for more incremental updates to applications in production. A straightforward and repeatable deployment process is important for continuous delivery. Continuous delivery, on the other hand, is an approach to automate the delivery aspect, and focuses on bringing together different processes and executing them more quickly and more frequently. Thus, DevOps can be a product of continuous delivery, and Continuous Delivery flows directly into
Abstract: Cycle time should be considered as a viable option when an organization is trying to improve efficiency, cost base and customer responsive. Value stream mapping is a paper and pencil tool that helps you to see and understand the flow of material and information as a product or service makes its way through the value stream. This paper proposes how a valuable tool can be implemented effectively in means of loading and unloading of the materials. A current state map is mapped for eliminating the non-value added activities, also to make a future state map for reducing the cycle time and improve the process efficiency. Keywords: Cycle time reduction, Value added and non-value added activities, Value stream mapping.
Every company follows the key self-assessment stages of planning, developing awareness, implementation and review but carried out the process in a different manner. The key to successful self-assessment is effective management and the use of a team to manage the process. The most important activities are: selection of a suitable model, appropriate approaches for the assessment, provision of appropriate training, monitoring the progress of improvement actions, establishment of a ‘closed-loop’ structure for the improvement cycle and integration of improvement with the strategic business plan. Self-assessment is not without difficulties, including scarcity of time, overemphasis on scoring and scores, failing to follow-up improvement actions and
Critically evaluate the differences between the traditional heavyweight methods and agile methodologies, using a suitable example. Abstract A software development methodology refers to the framework that is used to structure, plan, and control the process of developing a software product. Due to the growing complexity in software products, different methodologies have emerged since the past years each having their own strengths and weaknesses. Software methodologies fall under two categories that are heavyweight and lightweight. Heavyweight methodologies also known as traditional methods deliver software through a sequence of well defined requirements, design processes and documentation.