Software Process Improvement Using Groupware : Supporting Distributed Cooperation in Software Development

University essay from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Institutionen för programvaruteknik och datavetenskap; Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Institutionen för programvaruteknik och datavetenskap

Abstract: This master thesis describes our work with Team Sweden and how we have attempted to perform a Software Process Improvement using groupware. Team Sweden is a distributed academic software development organization doing research on artificial intelligence and robotics. Such an organization has a lot to gain from the introduction of a more structured process model. We have investigated the possibility of supporting the development processes of a small software development organization by introducing groupware. Only introducing a groupware tool or technique is not enough to improve the processes of an organization. Process improvement requires an infrastructure and groupware could be a useful tool for establishing it. Improved communication and knowledge sharing through groupware can be beneficial for establishing a process infrastructure. Groupware should be used in conjunction with other process improvement measures in order to be effective and improve the capability of the targeted organization.

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