Title

A Process Framework for the Systematic Evaluation and Diffusion of Reuse Methods

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

4-2000

Abstract

Many organizations are currently looking towards large-scale, systematic software reuse as a means of improving the software development process, and this is reflected in the increasing number of reuse methods being proposed in the literature. One problem area that has received little attention, however, is the evaluation of reuse methods within an organization. Reuse has long been regarded as a complex organizational as well as technical endeavor, where the management of expectations must be considered an integral part of the evaluation process.This paper proposes a generic process for evaluating reuse methods, aimed primarily at practitioners performing reuse adoption within an organization. The process we propose is based on experiences from 3 industrial reuse technology transfer projects, and is a cyclic process comprised of three key phases namely plan, act and review.The paper examines the tasks within each phase, the questions that each task addresses, and gives methodological guidance on carrying out each task. We conclude that human subjectivity is unlikely to be completely removed from reuse evaluations. However, a structured evaluation process can help organizations foster an analytical and diagnostic approach to reuse evaluation.

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software Systems

Publication

2000 Australian Software Engineering Conference: Proceedings, 28-29 April 2000, Canberra

First Page

73

Last Page

83

ISBN

9780769506333

Identifier

10.1109/ASWEC.2000.844563

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Canberra, Australia

Additional URL

http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/ASWEC.2000.844563

Comments

ISBN: 0-7695-0631-3, IEEE Computer Society, Pages 73 - 83,