Does my process need a face-lift?

Does your organization’s process need an overhaul? Answer the following questions to find out.

1) Does everyone use it? [ ] Yes [ ] No

2) Does it expect requirements to change, even during coding? [ ] Yes [ ] No

3) Does it use iterative development? [ ] Yes [ ] No

4) Do testing activities start early in the life cycle? [ ] Yes [ ] No

5) Does each iteration have goals and success criteria? [ ] Yes [ ] No

6) Are changes to requirements and software managed actively? [ ] Yes [ ] No

7) Are plans made and revisited throughout development? [ ] Yes [ ] No

Now tally all questions with a “Yes” answer and match your score to the numbers below:

If you scored 5-7: Your process is in fair* shape.

[* While a score of 7 means that you have a process in place, it does not imply that your process is being implemented correctly.]

If you scored 3-4: Your process could use surgery.

If you scored 0-2: Your process needs an extreme makeover.

Please see the following related stories: “Process fortifies software projects against failure” by Buff Colchagoff

“What is a best practice?” by Buff Colchagoff

About the Author

Buff Colchagoff is research director in the office of technology at consulting firm Number Six Software.


Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Upcoming Events