NEWS AT SEI
This article was originally published in News at SEI on: June 1, 1999
“A disciplined software engineering process includes both effective defect management
and comprehensive planning, tracking, and analysis methods,” wrote Watts Humphrey in
1995, in the preface to his book A Discipline for Software Engineering. “This book
introduces these disciplines and shows you how to use them to do better development
work on both small and large programs.”
With that understated passage, Humphrey and the Software Engineering Institute
launched the Personal Software ProcessSM (PSPSM), a revolutionary new way for
individual software engineers—and ultimately, software organizations—to produce
computer programs. Humphrey and the SEI followed up with the Team Software
ProcessSM (TSPSM) in experimental form in 1996, recognizing that the individualized
methods of the PSP often worked best when applied by entire teams.
In this issue
The Features section of this issue of SEI Interactive checks in on this revolution-inprogress.
Our Background article, “CMM, PSP, and TSP: Three Dimensions of Software
Improvement,” offers a condensed version of Humphrey’s three-part series in the
February, March, and April 1998 issues of CrossTalk magazine (available online at
http://stsc.hill.af.mil/crosstalk). The article provides an overview of how PSP and TSP
can give individuals and teams the tools they need to achieve software process
Our Spotlight article, “Delivering on the Promise of Process Improvement,” offers status
reports from successful PSP/TSP introductions at major organizations, including Boeing,
Motorola, and Hill Air Force Base. The Roundtable discussion, “Tales from the Front
Lines: Insights from PSP/TSP Trainers and Researchers,” provides a view of the
challenges of PSP/TSP introduction from the perspective of trainers and researchers who
know first-hand how hard it is to change engineers’ ingrained behaviors.
Finally, our Links feature offers a guided tour of information available on the Web about
PSP and TSP.
SEI Interactive, 06/99 page 2
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