This particular issue of the DACS Software Tech News is an attempt to begin the dialog between technical and business people on understanding ROI from SPI. We also want to raise the technical communities awareness of cost benefit analysis as it relates to SPI so that technical people can begin to justify improvement to their management.
The article “Benchmarking the ROI from SPI” describes some additional positive results of SPI from real benchmark data. This article highlights the need for additional data I alluded to above. The article “The Definitive Paper: Quantifying the Benefits of Process improvement” presents exciting results from a new case study of SPI benefits. It discusses the benefits realized from the use of product lines and systematic reuse. The point about the sensitivity of data I discussed earlier is apparent from this article.