Software process improvement programs

What are the pitfalls that lead to abandonment?


  • Regina Albuquerque Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR)
  • Gleison Santos Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO)
  • Andreia Malucelli
  • Sheila Reinehr Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR)



Software and its engineering, Software Quality, Software Process Improvement, Abandonment of Software Process Improvement


Software Process Improvement (SPI) based on maturity models is a well-researched theme regarding aspects such as adoption benefits, process definition, and automated support environments. However, few studies address the reasons that can lead an organization to abandon SPI. It is vital for organizations that seek to improve their processes to know what can negatively influence SPI and, thus, take actions to mitigate the risk of SPI failure, avoiding the loss of effort in the implementation stage. We present the study's results to understand how abandonment occurs in SPI programs after successful assessments based on maturity models. The research method selected was the case study due to the problem and context characteristics. Eight Brazilian software companies took part in the research. The results show that SPI initiatives failed because of internal factors (people, SPI project management, organizational aspects, and processes) and external factors to the organizational context (country economic crisis, outsourcing, governmental political influence, and external pressure from the client).


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How to Cite

Albuquerque, R., Santos, G., Malucelli, A., & Reinehr, S. (2021). Software process improvement programs: What are the pitfalls that lead to abandonment?. Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development, 9(1), 15:1 – 15:16.



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