Documenting Evolutionary Process Improvements with Method Increment Case Descriptions

  • Peter van Stijn
  • Kevin Vlaanderen
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper
  • Inge van de Weerd
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 301)


Evolutionary process improvement is a common approach to manage the complexity and risk of large software process improvement efforts. Performing SPI through a sequence of small steps allows organizations to reflect and steer the effort often and avoid failed improvements. However, few methods currently exist to structure improvement paths in a clear and concise manner. In this paper, we present a template for such a structuring method, based on Use Case Descriptions and method engineering techniques. A concise description of improvement paths allow organizations to reflect on their implementation and to guide similar improvement efforts. A case study of two large improvements within a small Dutch software company is used for evaluation.


Process Improvement Case Description Requirement Management Case Company Software Process Improvement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter van Stijn
    • 1
  • Kevin Vlaanderen
    • 1
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper
    • 1
  • Inge van de Weerd
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information and Computing SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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