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Assessment and Control of Software Risks


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  • uses a multiple-assessment methodology based on the pattern of a complete medical diagnosis.
  • covers a broader range of factors than SEI (Software Engineering Institute) assessments (e.g., cultural factors, methodological factors, technology factors, tools, and other areas such as compensation plans, capital investment, and financial factors. The SPR assessments also capture substantial amounts of quantitative data on productivity, quality, and volumes of software deliverables.
  • considers for each problem: definition, severity, frequency, occurrence, susceptibility and resistance, root cause, associated problems, cost impact, methods of prevention, methods of control, product support, consulting support, education support, publication support, periodical support, standards support, professional associations, effectiveness of known therapies, costs of known therapies, long-range prognosis.


  • Copyright 1994
  • Dimensions: 7 x 9 1/4
  • Pages: 464
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-741406-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-741406-2

This handbook summarizes more than 50 of the major problems of building and maintaining software projects, and outlines the prevention/control “therapies” available. KEY TOPICS: Considers in depth the software-related risks in the domains of methodologies, tools, organization structures, skills and specialization, client relations, and sociological issues. MARKET: For software managers and software professionals in software engineering, software quality assurance, and related software areas.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

 1. The Most Common Software Risks.

 2. The Most Serious Software Risks.

 3. Artificial Maturity Levels.

 4. Canceled Projects.

 5. Corporate Politics.

 6. Cost Overruns.

 7. Creeping User Requirements.

 8. Crowded Office Conditions.

 9. Error-Prone Modules.

10. Excessive Paperwork.

11. Excessive Schedule Pressure.

12. Excessive Time to Market.

13. False Productivity Claims.

14. Friction Between Software and Senior Management.

15. Friction Between Software Developers and Clients.

16. High Maintenance Costs.

17. Inaccurate Cost Estimating.

18. Inaccurate Sizing of Deliverables.

19. Inadequate Assessments.

20. Inadequate Compensation Plans.

21. Inadequate Configuration Control and Project Repositories.

22. Inadequate Curricula (Software Engineering).

23. Inadequate Curricula (Software Management).

24. Inadequate Measurement.

25. Inadequate Package Acquisition.

26. Inadequate Research and Reference Facilities.

27. Inadequate Software Standards.

28. Inadequate Risk and Value Analysis.

29. Inadequate Tools and Methods (Project Management).

30. Inadequate Tools and Methods (Quality Assurance).

31. Inadequate Tools and Methods (Software Engineering).

32. Inadequate Tools and Methods (Technical Documentation).

33. Lack of Reusable Code. Lack of Reusable Data.

34. Lack of Reusable Designs (Blueprints).

35. Lack of Reusable Documentation.

36. Lack of Reusable Plans and Historical Data (Templates).

37. Lack of Reusable Test Plans, Test Case, and Test Data.

38. Lack of Specialization. Long Service Life of Obsolete Systems.

39. Low Productivity.

40. Low Quality.

41. Low Status of Software Personnel and Management.

42. Low User Satisfaction.

43. Malpractice (Project Management).

44. Malpractice (Technical Staff).

45. Missed Schedules.

46. Poor Organization Structures.

47. Poor Technology Investments.

48. Silver Bullet Syndrome.

49. Slow Technology Transfer.

50. Glossary of Software Assessment and Management Terms.


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