software-engineering organizations emphasize faster delivery of
products having exceptional quality and the flexibility to be easily
adapted to meet changing customer needs. Delivering a software-reliant
system that meets all of those business goals has proven to be
difficult, witness the still-stubborn high percentage of products that
fail in operation or do not meet expectations.
It does not have to be that way. The SEI addresses those goals with a
research-backed approach. Our approach rests on the principle that
improved engineering and management practice throughout the software
development life cycle, particularly early in the cycle strongly
influence the quality of a system.
Improving software engineering practice
The SEI aims to improve the ability of software and system engineers
to analyze, predict, and control desired properties of software systems
in the earliest phases—requirements and design.
Improving software development management practice
Improved management practice also is critical for predicting and
controlling software-reliant system quality, as well as schedule, cost,
cycle time, and productivity. SEI provides support through methods for
process, measurement, and risk analysis.