Esprit Project 24151 - SISSI
SOFTWARE IMPROVEMENT CASE STUDIES INITIATIVE
Key Words: Business benefits of software best practices, case studies, PIE
Technologies / Methodologies / Tools: Case studies
BUSINESS MOTIVATION AND OBJECTIVES
European companies must face the challenge of translating software engineering into a competitive advantage in the market place, by taking full advantage of the existing experiences and results. The process of overcoming existing barriers is not an easy one and particularly if they must be faced by companies on their own. It is a major issue to put at the disposal of companies a set of written case studies that obtain a practical view of software improvement impact and best practices. Successful experiences can demonstrate that existing barriers can be dismantled and this can be achieved in each organisation. This learning process, that takes time and requires continuity in the long term, will be fostered by the SISSI project.
The target audience for the SISSI case studies executives, i.e. decisions makers, in software producing organisations through Europe. This will include both software vendors and companies developing software for in-house use. The material will be selected in such a way that it is relevant for both small and large organisations.
Due to business orientation of the SISSI project, rather than the technical one, the target audience will be formed by CEOs, IT Managers and, in general, those people with a global view of the company and strategic vision of the market. In order to understand what all this business is about, a simple segmentation is suggested taking into account size and activity sector.
SISSI develops and distribute a set of 35 case studies of about 4 pages each. Cases don't have a technical orientation (not exclusively), but on the contrary, they have a clear business orientation and are focused on action. Cases are a selected compendium of the current and finished Process Improvement Experiments. They are classified according to different parameters and keywords so tailored and selective extractions can be made by potential users or readers. The main selection criteria are: size of the company, sector and application area.
The dissemination mechanisms of SISSI are: a selective telephoned-led campaign of mailing addressed to 5000 appropriate organisations together with follow up actions; and extensive mailing campaign targeting 5000 additional organisations which can select the relevant cases from an introductory document, Press articles in journals and magazines oriented to senior executives; Web pages with the full contents of the case studies more oriented towards software engineers and managers; Synergic actions with other Dissemination Actions of the ESSI initiative, like EUREX, SURPRISE and EPIC.
EXPECTED IMPACT AND EXPERIENCE
The benefits that software organisations can obtain through PIE experiences are expressed in terms of quality, productivity and time to market. But software executives facing this challenge do not often have a clear idea of establishing ambitious and realistic objectives for their own improvement projects. The use of case studies is an efficient way to get a clear idea of what can be obtained and how. SISSI foster transnational exchange of experiences and best practices of how organisations can overcome barriers for improvement.
SISSI will raise awareness among organisations on reward that they can obtain by efficient use of improved software processes and techniques. SISSI will bring executives tailored and condensed information according to one's needs.
Contractor: SOCINTEC S.A. Mr Manu de Uriarte Mayor 10-6º 48930 Las Arenas-Vizcaya tel: +34 4 480 02 11 Spain fax: +34 4 480 03 91 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Participant: TTB UK Start date: 01/04/97 Duration: 14 months