The role of GQM in the PROFES improvement methodology

Dirk Hamann, Dietmar Pfahl, Janne Järvinen, Rini van Solingen

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Abstract

In the ESPRIT project PROFES (PROduct-Focused Improvement of Embedded Software processes) a goal-driven process improvement methodology has been developed that combines and enhances methods like goal-oriented measurement, product assessment, process assessment, and process modelling. So far, the PROFES improvement methodology has been applied in multiple projects at
three industrial software development organisations. In all three organisations, considerable product quality and process improvements have been achieved.
A fundamental element of the PROFES improvement methodology is goal-oriented measurement conducted according to the principles of the Goal/Question/Metric (GQM) paradigm. In the PROFES improvement methodology, GQM is used for several purposes: (1) characterisation and evaluation of product quality, (2) characterisation and evaluation of process performance, (3) modelling and
evaluation of product-process dependencies, and (4) facilitation of continuous assessment. In the course of the PROFES project, GQM was also used to evaluate the PROFES improvement methodology in all three industrial software development organisations. This paper outlines the PROFES improvement methodology and reports experience with its application in three software development organisations. The different roles of GQM in the PROFES
improvement methodology are presented in detail.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Quality Engineering in Software Technology, CONQUEST '99
Pages64-79
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1999
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event3rd International Conference on Quality Engineering in Software Technology, CONQUEST '99 - Nürnberg, Germany
Duration: 26 Sep 199927 Sep 9999

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Quality Engineering in Software Technology, CONQUEST '99
CountryGermany
CityNürnberg
Period26/09/9927/09/99

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    Hamann, D., Pfahl, D., Järvinen, J., & van Solingen, R. (1999). The role of GQM in the PROFES improvement methodology. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Quality Engineering in Software Technology, CONQUEST '99 (pp. 64-79)