Initiating software process improvement in very small enterprises. Experience with a light assessment tool

Naji Habra, Simon Alexandre, Jean Marc Desharnais, Claude Y. Laporte, Alain Renault

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The paper concerns software process improvement in Very Small Enterprises (VSEs). It presents briefly a gradual methodology to initiate software process improvement in VSE through three steps approach and develops the first and most original step. This first step is based on a light evaluation achieved by means of a dedicated Micro-Evaluation approach. It has been experimented during 7 years in 86 organizations from three countries. The experience with that utilization tends to show that such a light approach is practicable and promising, at least for the targeted enterprises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-771
Number of pages9
JournalInformation and Software Technology
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008



  • CMMI
  • Micro-Evaluation
  • OWPL
  • Process evaluation
  • Small settings
  • Software Process Improvement (SPI)
  • Very Small Enterprises (VSE)

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