AHAA-agile, hybrid assessment method for automotive, safety critical SMEs

F. Mc Caffery, Minna Pikkarainen, I. Richardson

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    The need for software is increasingly growing in the automotive industry. Software development projects are, however, often troubled by time and budget overruns, resulting in systems that do not fulfill customer requirements. Both research and industry lack strategies to combine reducing the long software development lifecycles (as required by time-to-market demands) with increasing the quality of the software developed. Software process improvement (SPI) provides the first step in the move towards software quality, and assessments are a vital part of this process. Unfortunately, software process assessments are often expensive and time consuming. Additionally, they often provide companies with a long list of issues without providing realistic suggestions. The goal of this paper is to describe a new low-overhead assessment method that has been designed specifically for small-to-medium-sized (SMEs) organisations wishing to be automotive software suppliers. This assessment method integrates the structured-ness of the plan-driven SPI models of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and Automotive SPICE with the flexibleness of agile practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICSE '08 Proceedings of the 30th international conference on Software engineering
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-4486-1, 978-1-60558-079-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2008 - Leipzig, Germany
    Duration: 10 May 200818 May 2008


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2008
    Abbreviated titleICSE


    • Agile practices
    • Assessment methods
    • Automotive SPICE
    • CMMI
    • Safety-critical
    • Software process improvement


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