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  1. June 7, 1999 Capability Maturity Models • Software Engineering Institute (supported by DoD) • The problems of software development are mainly caused by poor process management • Five process maturity levels are defined • Each maturity level has its associated key process areas (KPAs) • Level 1: Initial Level • Everything is done on an ad hoc basis; few processes are defined • Unpredictable - success depends on individual effort • Capability is a characteristic of the individuals, not of the organization. • The majority of software organizations are Level 1 organization

  2. Capability Maturity Models (2) • Level 2: Repeatable • Basic project management processes are established to track cost and schedule (measurements) • The necessary process discipline is in place to repeat earlier success on similar projects • Processes may differ among projects in a Level 2 organization • KPAs • Software configuration management • Software quality assurance • Software subcontract management • Software project tracking and oversight • Software project planning • Requirements management

  3. Capability Maturity Models (3) • Level 3: Defined • The software process for both management and engineering activities is documented, standardized, and integrated into an organization-wide software process • Projects tailor the organization’s standard software process to develop their own defined software process, which accounts for the unique characteristics of the project. (Project Defined Software Process) • KPAs • Peer review • Intergroup coordination • Software product engineering • Integrated software management • Training program • Organization process definition • Organization process focus

  4. Capability Maturity Models (4) • Level 4: Managed • The organization sets quantitative quality goals for both software products and processes. • Quality and productivity are continuously measured • An organization-wide software process database is used to collect and analyze the data available form the projects’ defined software process • Corrective actions are taken when there are unacceptable deviations from the goal • KPAs • Software quality management • Quantitative process management

  5. Capability Maturity Models (5) • Level 5: Optimizing • Focused on continuous process improvement • Cost/benefit analyses of new technologies and proposed changes to the organization’s software process. • Innovations that exploit the best software engineering practices are identified and transferred throughout the organization • KPAs • Process change management • Technology change management • Defect prevention

  6. Process Capability and the Prediction of Performance • Figure 2.2 from the CMM handout • Software process is the way we produce software. It incorporates the software life-cycle model, the tools we use and, most important of all, the individuals building the software.

  7. Chapter 3: Software Life-Cycle Models • The series of steps through which the product progresses is called the life-cycle model • Build-and-fix model • Waterfall model (most commonly used) • Rapid prototyping model (most commonly used) • Incremental model • Synchronize-and-stabilize (or daily build) model (Microsoft) • Spiral model (Boehm) • Object-oriented Life-cycle models • Fountain (Henderson-Sellers), Baseball (Coad), and others

  8. Build-and-Fix Model • Figure 3.1 • No specifications and design • Build (implement) the product and rework the product as many times as necessary to satisfy the client • Strength and Weakness • Work well on small programs • High rework cost • Maintenance is difficult (without specifications and design documents)

  9. Waterfall Model • Waterfall model (Royce, 1970) (Figure 3.2) • A critical point regarding the waterfall model is that no phase is complete until the documentation for that phase has been completed. • Strength • Enforced disciplined approach • Documentation provided (documentation-driven model) • The products of each phase being carefully checked by SQA • Inherent in every phase of the waterfall model is testing • Weakness • In general, specification documents are long, detailed, and hard to read • The first time that the client sees a working product is only after the entire product has been coded

  10. Rapid Prototyping Model • A rapid prototype is a working model that is functionally equivalent to a subset of the product • Figure 3.3 • Build a rapid prototype and let the client or end-users interact with the rapid prototype and experiment with it; specification follows • Strength • The feedback loops of the Waterfall model are less likely to be needed in the rapid prototyping model • the prototype has been “validated” through interaction with the client • Design teams can gain insights from the rapid prototype • Weakness?

  11. Incremental Model • The product is designed, implemented, integrated, and tested as a series of incremental “builds” • Each build consists of code pieces from various modules interacting together to provide a specific functionality capability • Strength • Early delivery of “useful” and “usable” products to the client • Allow time for the client to learn and adjust to the new product • The client can stop the development of the product at any time • Requirements change can be incorporated in later builds (releases) • Weakness • Each additional build has to be incorporated into the existing structure without destroying what has been built to date -- success relies on product has an “open architecture” • Project control becomes more difficult

  12. Synchronize-and-Stabilize Model • Prioritized features • Specification • Divide the set of features into three or four builds • Each build is carried out by a number of small teams (six to eight people) working in parallel • At the end of each day all the teams synchronize (put together the partially completed components and test the resulting product (daily build) • Stabilization is performed at the end of each build (milestone); the contents of the build is frozen

  13. Synchronize-and-Stabilize Model (2) • Advantages • Repeated synchronization ensures that the various components always work together (I.e., always has something working to ship) • Early insight into the operation of the product help revise and refine requirements

  14. Spiral Model • Software development involves unavoidable risks • The delivered product does not satisfy client’s real needs • Key personnel resigns while the development is still in progress • Essential difference between small scale product and large scale product. • Use “prototyping” as a risk reduction mechanism • Figures 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 • Strength and Weakness • The iterative framework realistically reflects the real world (software evolves) • Risk-driven: demands considerable risk assessment expertise • Suitable for large-scale software development • Project termination legal issues

  15. Object-Oriented Life-Cycle Models • Fountain Model (Figure 3.9) • Undisciplined form of software development • A better way to proceed is to have as an overall objective a linear process as well as appreciate the realities of the OO paradigm concerning the features as frequent iteration and refinements. • “Iteration” is an intrinsic property of software production in general and the OO paradigm in particular

  16. Comparison of Life-Cycle Models • Figure 3.10