Adopting The Cultural Environment And The Spi Initiative 's Success Factors

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Adopting the SW-CMM in a Small IT Organization Small IT organizations are usually neglected in the software industry because most of them do not adopt the internationally accepted software process practices. Adopting these practices can help them be more competitive in the global market. The most outstanding problem in the small IT organization is their environment and how to manage it, especially how it supports successful performance. This article focuses on a small software organization called Link and their experiences as well as their successful implementation of the Capability Maturity Model for Software (SW-CMM) Level 2. The article further elaborates on Link 's organizational environment, initiative implemented, and highlights relevant factors that affected the initiative. Eventually, Link 's small size aided the SW-CMM 's adoption because a there was a strong relationship between Link’s organizational environment and the SPI initiative 's success factors. A lot of small IT organizations have the notion that SW-CMM does not apply to them because they believe it can only implemented in large organizations. This belief is also called “standard reason number 3”. The two main reason for this perception is because the main text covering SW-CMM highlights that it was designed to cater for US federal government and the second reason is that, most articles supporting the SW-CMM’s have the following characteristics: Numerous employees in different locations and countries,

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