Improving Software Developer's Competence: Is the Personal Software Process Working?

Pekka Abrahamsson, Karlheinz Kautz, Heikki Sieppi, Jouni Lappalainen

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    Abstract

    Emerging agile software development methods are people oriented development approaches to be used by the software industry. The personal software process (PSP) is an accepted method for improving the capabilities of a single software engineer. Five original hypotheses regarding the impact of the PSP to individual performance are tested. Data is obtained from 58 computer science students in three university courses on the master level, which were held in two different educational institutions in Finland and Denmark. Statistical data treatment shows that the use of PSP did not improve size and time estimation skills but that the productivity did not decrease and the resulting product quality was improved. The implications of these findings are briefly addressed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2002), Workshop on empirical studies in software engineering, Rovaniemi, Finland
    Publication date2002
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventThe 4th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2002), Workshop on empirical studies in software engineering - Rovaniemi, Finland
    Duration: 30 Jun 2010 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceThe 4th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2002), Workshop on empirical studies in software engineering
    CountryFinland
    CityRovaniemi
    Period30/06/2010 → …

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