We use cookies and other similar technologies (Cookies) to enhance your experience and to provide you with relevant content and ads. By using our website, you are agreeing to the use of Cookies. You can change your settings at any time. Cookie Policy.

Untitled Document

Many technology company leaders may be overlooking one very effective approach for optimizing the quality and effectiveness of their solutions and services -- and improving the company's bottom line. The investment of a little commitment and patience at the executive level can go a long way toward enhancing a company's software development process.

There is significant business value in operational improvement. Although this has been in question for many years, if not decades, you can achieve optimized operations and improved profitability if you fully explore your available options, gain buy-in from executives and other stakeholders, and apply the right mix of quality principle, operational method, and improvement technique for the project.

Exploring your options

The variety of models and methodologies that can have a profound effect on business is wider than many organizational leaders realize. Few take the time to consider all of the suitable options first, simply plugging a system into place and expecting results.

Exerting some effort into investigating this field -- and keeping an open mind -- is really the key to accomplishing their objective. You must understand that there is not one best approach and explore all of your available options before jumping into a process improvement initiative.

In addition, the models that are implemented often receive little or no revision to fit the individual needs of the organization, and too often there is not proper follow-up during the course of a project. The result is teams of engineers and researchers who are hamstrung by an unwieldy set of guidelines and beset by low morale. It gives even a successful outcome a bitter image. This can be prevented with the appropriate consideration and planning at the outset.

The right mix

Once you have explored your options, the first step in approaching a software process improvement initiative in order to realize the greatest outcome is to identify the right mix of:

  • quality principle
  • operational method
  • improvement technique

It might be helpful to consider the following analogy: in many cases, it's not a question of which apple we like better. It's about which apple and which nuts we like and how we can put them together to make a Waldorf salad.


1  2  

   Next Page

Explore Our Topics

  • Virtual Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Roundtables

BPM in Action

March 10, 2011

The sixth annual BPM in Action 2011 Virtual Conference will explore cutting-edge market developments in BPM and describe how to leverage them for improved business operation and performance. More

View All Virtual Conferences

Smart Case Management: Why It's So Smart.

Date:Nov 05, 2009
Time:12:00 PM ET- (17:00 GMT)


Date:Oct 29, 2009
Time:15:00 PM ET- (19:00 GMT)

View All Roundtables
  • Research Library
  • Podcasts
  • News

Joe McKendrick: Part II of II: Designing Evolve-ability into SOA and IT Systems

In part two of Joe McKendrick's recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, they talk about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen Now

Phil Wainewright: Helping Brands Engage with Social Media

Phil Wainewright interviews David Vap, VP of products at RightNow Technologies, and finds out how sharing best practices can help businesses understand how best to engage with online communities.

Listen Now

Peter Schooff: Making Every IT Dollar Result in a Desired Business Outcome: Scott Hebner of IBM Rati

Scott Hebner, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Rational, discusses a topic on the top of every company's mind today: getting the most from IT investments.

Listen Now

Jessica Ann Mola: Where Will BI Fit In? Lyndsay Wise Explains

In BI, this tough economy and the increasing role of Web 2.0 and MDM are certainly topics on people's minds today. WiseAnalytics' Lyndsay Wise addresses each of them in this informative podcast.

Listen Now

Dennis Byron: Talking with...Deepak Singh of BPM Provider Adeptia

Deepak Singh, President and CTO of Adeptia, joins ebizQ's Dennis Byron in a podcast that gets its hand around the trend of industry-specific BPM.

Listen Now
More Podcasts
  • Most Popular
  • Quick Guide
  • Most Discussed

Quick Guide: What is BPM?

Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

Smart event processing can help your company run smarter and faster. This comprehensive guide helps you research the basics of complex event processing (CEP) and learn how to get started on the right foot with your CEP project using EDA, RFID, SOA, SCADA and other relevant technologies. Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Enterprise 2.0?

A lot of people are talking about Enterprise 2.0 as being the business application of Web 2.0 technology. However, there's still some debate on exactly what this technology entails, how it applies to today's business models, and which components bring true value. Some use the term Enterprise 2.0 exclusively to describe the use of social networking technologies in the enterprise, while others use it to describe a web economy platform, or the technological framework behind such a platform. Still others say that Enterprise 2.0 is all of these things. Learn More