Type

Journal Article

Authors

Rory V. O'Connor
Paul Clarke

Subjects

Business

Topics
empirical study iso iec 12207 business success software engineering spi software smes software development product quality influence software process improvement

The influence of SPI on business success in software SMEs: an empirical study (2012)

Abstract In this paper, we present the findings of a study into the relationship between software process improvement (SPI) and business success in software development small- to medium- sized companies (software SMEs). A number of earlier related studies investigated the benefits of SPI in software SMEs, particularly in terms of improvements in product quality and adherence to budgetary and schedule constraints. However, only limited or indirect research has examined the relationship between SPI and business success. In this study, we adopt the Holistic Scorecard (HSC) (Sureshchandar and Leisten, 2005) as a business success reference framework, thus examining both the financial and the non-financial aspects of business success. In addition, we utilise ISO/IEC 12207 (ISO/IEC, 2008) as a comprehensive reference framework for the investigation of SPI activity in software SMEs. Through the use of new metrics introduced in this paper, the study findings establish that there is a positive association between SPI and business success in software SMEs, highlighting the importance of SPI in successful software SMEs. This is the first time that this relationship has been demonstrated using empirical data, and therefore, the findings represent a valuable new addition to the body of knowledge.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres: Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Article
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> University of Limerick -> Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ireland -> University of Limerick -> LERO
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Software engineering
Ireland -> University of Limerick -> LERO - Project partner authors
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Engineering and Computing: School of Computing
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Full list of authors on original publication

Rory V. O'Connor, Paul Clarke

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