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A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods

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.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-88-TR-008
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6571673.v1

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.

Cite This Technical Report

Wood, W., Pethia, R., Roberts Gold, L., & Firth, R. (1988, April 1). A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-88-TR-008). Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571673.v1.

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author={Wood, William and Pethia, Richard and Roberts Gold, Lauren and Firth, Robert},
title={A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods},
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year={1988},
number={CMU/SEI-88-TR-008},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
url={https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571673.v1},
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Wood, William, Richard Pethia, Lauren Roberts Gold, and Robert Firth. "A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods." (CMU/SEI-88-TR-008). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, April 1, 1988. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571673.v1.

W. Wood, R. Pethia, L. Roberts Gold, and R. Firth, "A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-88-TR-008, 1-Apr-1988 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571673.v1. [Accessed: 13-Apr-2024].

Wood, William, Richard Pethia, Lauren Roberts Gold, and Robert Firth. "A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-88-TR-008). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Apr. 1988. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571673.v1. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Wood, William; Pethia, Richard; Roberts Gold, Lauren; & Firth, Robert. A Guide to the Assessment of Software Development Methods. CMU/SEI-88-TR-008. Software Engineering Institute. 1988. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6571673.v1