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This paper describes a study of the reasons for delay in software development that was carried out in 1988 and 1989 in a Software Engineering Department. The aim of the study was to gain an insight into the reasons for differences between plans and reality in development activities in order to be able to take actions for improvement. A classification was… (More)
0 7 4 0 7 4 5 9 / 0 1 / $ 1 0 . 0 0 © 2 0 0 1 I E E E One example of software process improvement is the development and execution of inspections of software development documents as a mature technique to detect and prevent software defects. Part of an inspection is a meeting where the participants log detected defects and search for more defects.… (More)
Fagan inspections are a structured review of development documents that consists of individual preparation, a meeting and rework by the author of the document. The meeting is used to log the defects found in preparation and to search for more defects. The effectiveness and eficiency of the meeting is typically low as compared to that of the preparation.… (More)
The amount of software in consumer electronics has grown from thousands to millions of lines of source code over the past decade. Up to a million of these products are manufactured each month for a successful mobile phone or television. Development organizations must meet two challenging requirements at the same time: be predictable to meet market windows… (More)
Participants Avatar Animated characters that are graphical representation of people (Davis, et al. 2009) Animated characters Avatar Virtual world(s) (VW(s)) An electronic environment that visually mimics complex physical spaces, where people can interact with each other and with virtual objects, and where people are represented by animated characters… (More)
This paper reports on a survey amongst software groups in a multinational organization. The survey was initiated by the Software Process Improvement (SPI) Steering Committee of Philips, a committee that monitors the status and quality of software process improvement in the global organization. The paper presents and discusses improvement targets,… (More)
An online survey with experienced managers and architects, all authors of previous Impact columns, compliments the special issue on studying professional software design. The practitioner's view on the topic discusses who should be involved in early design decisions, the tools used, and typical mistakes.
Little is known about how individuals come to relate to settings in virtual worlds (VWs), which are defined as digital environments in which individuals, groups, and even organizations interact in virtual (that is to say, nonphysical) spaces. This research develops a theory of virtual space and place (VSP), specifically relating this to the setting of… (More)
Looking back on the first seven Impact columns for IEEE Software, the editors propose a new metric called software mileage, defined as the number of new customers per year per line of code.