Title

Software process improvement success factors for small and medium Web companies: A qualitative study

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Information and Software Technology

Publication Date

5-1-2012

Abstract

© 2012 Elsevier B.V. Context The context of this research is software process improvement (SPI) in small and medium Web companies. Objective The primary objective of this paper is to identify software process improvement (SPI) success factors for small and medium Web companies. Method To achieve this goal, we conducted semi-structured, open-ended interviews with 21 participants representing 11 different companies in Pakistan, and analyzed the data qualitatively using the Glaserian strand of grounded theory research procedures. The key steps of these procedures that were employed in this research included open coding, focused coding, theoretical coding, theoretical sampling, constant comparison, and scaling up. Results An initial framework of key SPI success factors for small and medium Web companies was proposed, which can be of use for small and medium Web companies engaged in SPI. The paper also differentiates between small and medium Web companies and analyzes crucial SPI requirements for companies operating in the Web development domain. Conclusion The results of this work, in particular the use of qualitative techniques – allowed us to obtain rich insight into SPI success factors for small and medium Web companies. Future work comprises the validation of the SPI success factors with small and medium Web companies.

ISSN

0950-5849

Publisher

Elsevier B.V.

Volume

54

Issue

5

First Page

479

Last Page

500

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Keywords

Grounded theory, Small and medium Web companies, Software process improvement, Success factors

Scopus ID

84855992867

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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