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European and American Software Process Maturity Models and Assessments

Marilyn W. Bush

How do assessments generate increased productivity? How do software process assessments work? What principles underlie all current software process improvement models worldwide? Four major software process improvement models are on the international scene: ISO 9001 and 9000 3, Bootstrap, the SEI Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination (SPICE). All these models acknowledge similar state of the practice principles of good software quality development process, but each involves a different take on assessing organizational process maturity.

Marilyn W. Bush, an independent consultant, is one of the authors of the revised SEI Capability Maturity Model as well as an author of the SEI's CMM Introductory Course and a qualified SEI Lead Assessor. She was recently a member of the SEI team asked to revamp the SEI Assessment Method and Lead Assessor Course, and she is a certified instructor for the SEI CMM Introductory Course and one of three people worldwide now certified to teach the SEI Lead Assessor Course.

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