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The Personal Process (PSP)

Watts S. Humphrey, James W. Over

The PSP method uses quality management principles and the Capability Maturity Model (CMM)SM framework and uses sound engineering principles in software development and maintenance work. The principal message of the PSP is that engineers should use process management concepts to identify and perfect the methods that are most effective for them. Engineers using PSP significantly improve the quality of their work, learn how to plan their projects, and improve their productivity. Average quality improvements of five to ten times are normal, as are productivity improvements of 25% or more.

Personal Software Process, PSP, Capability Maturity Model, and CMM are service marks of Carnegie Mellon University.

Watts S. Humphrey founded the Software Process Program of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Fellow of the Institute and is a research scientist on its staff. From 1959 to 1986, he was associated with IBM corporation, where he was the Director of programming quality and process.

James W. Over, a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), has worked in several technical areas within the SEI Software Process Program. His interests include software engineering, software process, and quality management. He is the co-author of publications on software process definition and improvement.

1997 International Conference on Software Engineering
Last modified: 10 May 1997