InterJournal Complex Systems, 106
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [106]
Submission Date: 971010
Revised On: 980716
Assessing Software Organizations from a Complex Systems Perspective
Author(s): Javier Dolado ,Alvaro Moreno

Subject(s): CX.65

Category: Brief Article


Nowadays, the words "software process improvement" are buzzwords in the software management activities. Assessments of the status of the software process in organizations are made by using models such as CMM, SPICE or ISO 9000. We see some uses of those models as an example of the technological (or mechanical) paradigm that is trying to pervade most activities of software construction. We can consider some types of software products as the final outcome of human design processes. Thus, to use mechanical procedures as patterns to follow may not be the apropriate way for dealing with emergent structures. Looking at the biological area, a morphogenetic metaphor allows us to introduce the concepts of deducible emergence and hyperstructures. Thus, software processes could take many appearances, and improvement could be evaluated with respect to what extent processes allow intermediate structures to evolve and reach the final form.

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