Research in SPRINT SMEs project is implemented through the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning” and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek national funds in the context of the R&D program “ARCHIMEDES III”
The objective of SRPINT-SMEs project (Research in Software PRocess ImprovemeNT Methodologies for Greek Small & Medium sized Software Development Enterprises) is to propose and develop a practical framework for the improvement of software processes which take place in Small & Medium sized Software Development Enterprises (SW SMEs). The framework will emphasize on process assessment and improvement issues required to be adopted by Greek SW SMEs in order to increase their competitiveness. The framework will concentrate on the Requirements Engineering process (RE), a challenging process for most SW SMEs aiming at preventing project failures and delivering high quality software products consistent with end-customers’ needs. The following stages of a SPIRE project (i.e., SPIRE is an acronym for Software Process Improvement in Requirements Engineering) will be supported by the framework’s analysis methods:
(i) assessment of RE practices such as requirements elicitation, analysis, specification, validation and management,
(ii) planning of the improvement practices evaluated and prioritized in stage (i),
(iii) cost estimation and risk management and
(iv) measurement, evaluation and validation of the SPIRE project results.
The framework will be particularly useful for SW SMEs interested in implementing lightweight and flexible SPIRE projects based on critical improvement issues, tailored in cost/time/resource constraints and consistent with their individual needs. The framework validation will take place at a multiple case study involving dynamic Greek SW SMEs, which show a constant interest in redesigning and improving their development practices. Thus, the project will result in a set of best practices that will constitute a publicly available guide for other Greek SW SMEs interested in gaining competitive advantages by changing their role from bespoke to market-driven product developers.