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Software Engineering Evidence Map

One of the goals of this website is to document secondary studies of software engineering topics. This page classifies SLRs and mapping studies using the knowledge areas defined by the SWEBOK.

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[S3] Are CMM Program Investments Beneficial? Analyzing Past Studies

2006, Daniel Galin and Motti Avrahami

Source: Systematic literature reviews in software engineering - A systematic literature review

Many software development professionals and managers aren't fully convinced that programs to raise their organizations' CMM level will provide a good return on investment. Unfortunately, because of the scattered nature of published research on this topic, the results haven't been conclusive. An investigation of CMM level transitions for seven common performance metrics (including ROI) analyzed a database of more than 400 projects from 19 information sources. Each database record was a normalized "after-before ratio," which signifies improvement for a given metric and is independent from the studied organization's measurement methods. This analysis found that CMM program investments improved performance consistently for all seven metrics, despite the wide range of organizations and software development practices. A statistical analysis supports these findings.
Software RequirementsS23, S26, S27, S63
Software DesignS1, S25, S31, S38
Software ConstructionS18, S43, S61
Software TestingS10, S17, S28, S62
Software MaintenanceS24, S30
Software Configuration Management -
Software Engineering ManagementM4, S5, S7, S8, S11, S12, S14, S21, S22, S29, S45, S46, S53, S66
Software Engineering ProcessesS3, S41, S47, S49, S50
Software Engineering Tools and MethodsS60, S64, S65
Software QualityM1, S15
Unclassified -