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Basri S.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center | Basri S.,Petronas University of Technology | O'Connor R.V.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center | O'Connor R.V.,Dublin City University
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2010

This paper is concerned with understanding the issues that affect the adoption of software process standards by Very Small Entities (VSEs), their needs from process standards and their willingness to engage with the new ISO/IEC 29110 standard in particular. In order to achieve this goal, a series of industry data collection studies were undertaken with a collection of VSEs. A twin track approach of a qualitative data collection (interviews and focus groups) and quantitative data collection (questionnaire) were undertaken. Data analysis was being completed separately and the final results were merged, using the coding mechanisms of grounded theory. This paper serves as a roadmap for both researchers wishing to understand the issues of process standards adoption by very small companies and also for the software process standards community. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


O'hEocha C.,National University of Ireland | Wang X.,The Irish Software Engineering Research Center | Conboy K.,University of New South Wales | Conboy K.,The Irish Software Engineering Research Center
Information Systems Journal | Year: 2012

Studies of information systems (IS) often involve many complexities, uncertainties and restrictions. As a result, researchers have to adopt innovative research approaches or tailor and extend existing ones. This paper describes and evaluates an innovative focus group approach used to study three IS development teams, which had to cope with the application of a broad, polymorphous framework, untested in practice, seeking to elicit potentially highly sensitive opinions and judgements in a highly pressurised, time-restricted environment. This paper makes two significant contributions. To conduct this evaluation, the researchers operationalised the Klein & Myers seven principles for interpretive study for the first time, creating a set of questions that other IS researchers can now use to evaluate their own interpretive studies. The paper also applies these to the design of the focus groups and develops a set of recommendations for future IS researchers to consider based on lessons learned in this study. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


O'Connor R.V.,Dublin City University | O'Connor R.V.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2012

This paper presents the results of a set of interviews with senior management in a series of very small software development companies, which were conducted to gauge their opinion, attitude and sentiment towards the of new standard, ISO/IEC 29110 Life Cycle Profiles for Very Small Entities (VSEs). This paper serves as a roadmap for both researchers wishing to understand the issues of process standards adoption by very small companies and also for the software process standards community. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Laporte C.Y.,École de Technologie Supérieure of Montreal | O'Connor R.V.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center | O'Connor R.V.,Dublin City University
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2014

Very small entities, organizations with up to 25 people, are very important to the worldwide economy. The products they develop are either developed specifically for a customer or are integrated into products made by larger enterprises. To address the needs of Very small entities, a set of standards and guides have been developed using the systems engineering lifecycle standard ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 as the main framework. The systems engineering handbook, developed by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), is used as the reference for the development of a set of systems engineering deployment packages. Two pilot projects, using the new ISO/IEC 29110 guide for systems engineering, are presented as well as a cost and savings analysis. Finally, the certification scheme is discussed as well as the future developments. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014.


O'Connor R.V.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center | O'Connor R.V.,Dublin City University | Laporte C.Y.,École de Technologie Supérieure of Montreal
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2011

The recently published ISO/IEC 29110 standard Lifecycle profiles for Very Small Entities has at its core a Management and Engineering Guide [1] which is targeted at very small entities (enterprises, organizations, departments or projects) having up to 25 people [2], to assist them unlock the potential benefits of using standards which are specifically designed to address their needs. This paper will also outline this standard and the implementation of a series of pilot project initiative harnessing a set of detailed guidelines known as "Deployment Packages" to assist very small entities in understanding and exploring the potential usage of an international software process standard. This paper will address issues of small entities needs, industry reaction to early pilot projects and highlight the needs for a light weight process assessment mechanism to meet the needs of very small entities and complement this new lifecycle standard. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.


Clarke P.,Dublin City University | O'Connor R.V.,Dublin City University | O'Connor R.V.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2011

Software processes support the work of software development and software process improvement (SPI) is concerned with improving the operation of the software process. One of the primary reasons for conducting SPI is to increase the success of a software development company [1], [2]. While evidence of the benefits of SPI exists, project/senior managers report that their motivation for conducting SPI would be strengthened by the provision of further evidence of the positive impact of SPI on business success [3]. This paper proposes a new approach that utilises the Holistic Scorecard (HSC) [4] to systematically examine business success in software development companies. Furthermore, we relate the experience of applying this new approach to software small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This novel approach to examining success in software development companies provides a suitable mechanism for SPI researchers and practitioners seeking to establish evidence of the business benefits of SPI. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011.


O'Connor R.V.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center | O'Connor R.V.,Dublin City University | Laporte C.Y.,École de Technologie Supérieure of Montreal
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2011

The recently published ISO/IEC 29110 standard Lifecycle profiles for Very Small Entities has at its core a Management and Engineering Guide [1] which are targeted at very small entities (enterprises, organizations, departments or projects) having up to 25 people [2], to assist them unlock the potential benefits of using standards which are specifically designed to address their needs. This paper will outline this new standard and the implementation of a series of pilot project initiative harnessing a set of detailed guidelines known as "Deployment Packages" to assist very small entities in understanding the potential usage of this new software process standard. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011.


O'Connor R.V.,Dublin City University | O'Connor R.V.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center | Sanders M.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2013

This paper presents an overview of a pilot implementation of the ISO/IEC 29110 standard, with a group of very small software development companies based in Ireland. This paper may serve as guidance for both researchers and practitioners wishing to understand the issues of process standards adoption by very small companies and ISO/IEC 29110 in particular. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.


O'Connor R.V.,The Irish Software Engineering Research Center | O'Connor R.V.,Dublin City University | Laporte C.Y.,École de Technologie Supérieure of Montreal
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2012

The recently published ISO/IEC 29110 standard Lifecycle profiles for Very Small Entities has at its core a Management and Engineering Guide [1] which are targeted at very small entities (enterprises, organizations, departments or projects) having up to 25 people [2], to assist them unlock the potential benefits of using standards which are specifically designed to address their needs. This paper discusses the role and structure of Project Management in the emerging ISO/IEC 29110 standard Software Process Lifecycles for Very Small Entities as well as its practical implication. This paper will also focus on the design and development of project management support documentation and their associated usage in early trials of ISO/IEC 29110. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Clarke P.,Dublin City University | O'Connor R.,Dublin City University | O'Connor R.,the Irish Software Engineering Research Center
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2010

The quality of the software development process directly affects the quality of the software product. To be successful, software development organisations must respond to changes in technology and business circumstances, and therefore software process improvement (SPI) is required. SPI activity relates to any modification that is performed to the software process in order to improve an aspect of the process. Although multiple process assessments could be employed to examine SPI activity, they present an inefficient tool for such an examination. This paper presents an overview of a new survey-based resource that utilises the process reference model in ISO/IEC 12207 in order to expressly and directly determine the level of SPI activity in a software development organisation. This survey instrument can be used by practitioners, auditors and researchers who are interested in determining the extent of SPI activity in an organisation. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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