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Characterizing the Software Process: A Maturity Framework
March/April 1988 (vol. 5 no. 2)
pp. 73-79

A description is given of a software-process maturity framework that has been developed to provide the US Department of Defense with a means to characterize the capabilities of software-development organizations. This software-development process-maturity model reasonably represents the actual ways in which software-development organizations improve. It provides a framework for assessing these organizations and identifying the priority areas for immediate improvement. It also helps identify those places where advanced technology can be most valuable in improving the software-development process. The framework can be used by any software organization to assess its own capabilities and identify the most important areas for improvement.

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software engineering; software reliability; DP management; software process; software-development; process-maturity model; DP management; software engineering; software reliability
Watts S. Humphrey, "Characterizing the Software Process: A Maturity Framework," IEEE Software, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 73-79, March-April 1988, doi:10.1109/52.2014
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