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Software Process Improvement

Where Software Excellence Begins

"The quality of a software product is largely determined by the quality of the software development and maintenance processes used to build it." – The Evolution of the SEI's Capability Maturity Model for Software by Mark C. Paulk, 1995

Now more than ever, the need for improved software quality is high on everyone's list.  At the same time, the task of developing systems is becoming more complex every day.  Studies have proven that successful software process improvement (SPI) programs contribute directly to the bottom line by helping to increase quality, reduce time to market and increase customer satisfaction; however, most organizations, faced with constricted budgets and limited staffing, are hesitant to start such projects. At SMS, not only can we help you implement a successful SPI program, we can work with you to achieve a positive return on your investment dollar.

Why SMS
At Software Management Solutions, we work with you to improve the process by which you conduct software development.   Defining, stabilizing, and then improving the processes by which software is managed and developed has shown to be the path that has allowed companies to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of software development.   SMS has built its process improvement programs on the Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI®) developed by the Software Engineering Institute® (SEI®). This model has a proven track record, having been based on practices used by successful companies. 

SPI Consulting
SMS provides a full range of consulting services based on the CMMI framework including increasing awareness and buy-in, conducting assessments of current practices, developing an action plan, developing and implementing new methods and procedures, training your team on new procedures, overall SPI mentoring, and conducting CMMI based appraisals. SMS consultants each bring an average of over 25 years of industry experience to our clients. Our staff includes experienced SEI-authorized Lead Assessors and trainers. 

SMS can also help you fill gaps in your employees' skill-sets with our staff augmentation services.  We understand the quality of people you need to ensure the success of your process improvement efforts and we can source them from our pool of highly skilled professionals.   

SPI Training
You can also bring your employees up to speed on best-in-class practices with customized, on-site corporate team training. SMS has over 30 courses related to SPI. Our modular format allows you to tailor a training program that addresses your most pressing software development challenges and helps bring your team up to higher levels of software development maturity.  Team training, as part of an overall SPI effort, reinforces your team’s willingness and ability to follow the new procedures.

We can train your staff and mentor you in setting up a program for any number of process improvement initiatives. Use our public courses, or bring us in-house. We also provide assistance to your organization in deploying the new process.

 


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