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Making Process Improvement Personal
September 1995 (vol. 12 no. 5)
pp. 82-83

What are the three most important things to remember when you buy a house? Most real estate agents have a simple answer: location, location, location. And what are the three most important things to remember when attempting software-process improvement? My answer: people, people, people.

Watts Humphrey has addressed the people issue by developing a comprehensive strategy for personal improvement in software engineering. Called the Personal Software Process, Humphrey's strategy combines incremental improvements in software engineering practices, measurement at an individual level, and an increased quality focus--all driven by the individual. His bottom-up approach to software process improvement is a refreshing change from ponderous top-down strategies. In this issue's column, we get an introduction to PSP.

--Roger Pressman

Citation:
Watts S. Humphrey, "Making Process Improvement Personal," IEEE Software, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 82-83, Sept. 1995, doi:10.1109/52.406762
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