Author(s): L. Hatton
omation of software process and
Programming Research Ltd.
Waynflete House, H-16 High
Software engineering today can be compared to a manufacturing
industry in which a product is generally produced without any
recognisable production line.
In any other engineering discipline
this would be unacceptable but appears to be the norm for software
For example, the Software Engineering
Institute (S.E.I.) at Carnegie-Mellon University have found that
approximately 85% of all software producing companies are at the
lowest level of software process maturity, officially deemed
Humphrey  The S.E.I, defines this to mean that they
are deficient in one or more of the following key areas: Project
Estimation, Project Planning, Configuration Management or
Software Quality Assurance.
Other studies show that software
product quality, the intrinsic quality of the code itself, is similarly
poor, with most commerci...
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/SQM930521
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