PL-SIM: A Generic Simulation Model for Studying Strategic SPI in the Automotive Industry


Triggered by the seminal work of Watts Humphrey [5], much effort has been invested for assessing and improving software process capability and technology during the last decade. Although initial research has been done (e.g., [4]), precise knowledge about the effects that specific SPI measures have on the performance of a specific software development organisation is still a difficult issue that needs further investigation and experimentation. Within DaimlerChrysler (embedded) software development plays an important role due to the increasing amount of software in cars. In order to constantly improve the development of software, various activities have been initiated like experience-based process improvement [10] or the goal question metrics method [11]. During the last decade, several authors have stressed the potential of simulation as an analysis and decisionsupport tool for software managers (e.g., [2][7][8][9]). It is tempting to adopt simulation modelling to help managers explore their SPI strategies by analysing the (potential) effectiveness of key SPI measures on organisational performance. The specific purpose of the simulation model presented in this paper is to support DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology in conducting a study that aims at exploring the level of process leadership (PL) achievable by one of DaimlerChrysler's car divisions

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@inproceedings{Pfahl2004PLSIMAG, title={PL-SIM: A Generic Simulation Model for Studying Strategic SPI in the Automotive Industry}, author={Dietmar Pfahl and Michael Stupperich and Tatyana Krivobokova}, year={2004} }