Commitment nets in software process improvement

Pekka Abrahamsson

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Several studies have revealed the fact that nearly two-thirds of all software process improvement (SPI) efforts have failed or have at least fallen short of expectations. Literature and practice have shown that commitment to SPI at all organizational levels is essential for the success of any SPI endeavor.
A research model for studying the existence, development and interplay of SPI-related commitment is introduced in this paper. This study suggests that software organizations operate through strategic, operational and personal commitment nets. These nets consist of actors, drivers, concerns, actions, commitment, and outcomes.
The commitment nets model is applied in a study of four industrial SPI initiatives. The results from two of these cases are reported here.
The results show that SPI is driven through the formation and reformation of commitment nets. The contents of strategic, operational and personal commitment nets are laid out and implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-438
JournalAnnals of Software Engineering
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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