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August 7, 2009
TSP (Team software process)
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The Team Software Process (TSP) guides engineering teams in developing software-intensive products. Early experience with the TSP shows that its use improves the quality and productivity of engineering teams while helping them to more precisely meet cost and schedule commitments.
The Team Software Process (TSP), along with the Personal Software Process, helps the
High-performance engineer to
Ensure quality software products
Create secure software products
Improve process management in an organization
Engineering groups use the TSP to apply integrated team concepts to the development of software-intensive systems. A four-day launch process walks teams and their managers through
1. Establishing goals
2. Defining team roles
3. Assessing risks
4. Producing a team plan
After the launch, the TSP provides a defined process framework for managing, tracking and reporting the team’s progress.
Using TSP, an organization can build self-directed teams that plan and track their work, establish goals, and own their processes and plans. These can be pure software teams or integrated product teams of 3 to 20 engineers.
TSP will help your organization establish a mature and disciplined engineering practice that produces secure, reliable software. TSP is also being used as the basis for a new measurement framework for software acquirers and developers. This effort is the Integrated Software Acquisition Metrics (ISAM) Project.
The tsp is based on the following principles.
1. The engineers know the most about the job and can make the best plans.
2. When engineers plan their own work, they are committed to the plan.
3. Precise project tracking requires detailed plans and accurate data.
4. Only the people doing the work can collect precise and accurate data.
5. To minimize cycle time, the engineers must balance their workload
6. To maximize productivity, focus first on quality.
What are the benefits of using the TSP?
1. Higher quality
2. On track costs and schedules
3. Reduced cycle time
4. Increased productivity
5. Improved security
TSP strategy
1. Provide a simple process framework based on the PSP
2. Use modest, well- defined problems
3. Develop products in several cycles
4. Establish standard measures for quality and performance.
5. Provide detailed role definitions
6. Use role and team evaluations
7. Require process discipline
8. Provide guidance on teamwork problems

Life cycle phases
1. Launch
2. Strategy
3. Plan
4. Requirements
5. Design
6. Implement
7. Test
8. Postmortem

Cycle descriptions
1. Review course objectives
2. Describe the TSP structure and content
3. Assign student teams and roles
4. Describe the customer needs statement
5. Establish team and individual goals
1. Create a conceptual design for the product
2. Establish the development strategy; decide what will be produced in each cycle
3. Make initial size and effort estimates
4. Establish a configuration management plan
5. Reuse plan
6. Risk management
1. Estimate the size of each artifact to be developed (SRS, SDS, code)
2. Identify tasks to be performed; estimate time to complete each task; assign tasks to team members
3. Make a weekly schedule for task completion
4. Make a quality plan
1. Analyze need statement and interview customer
2. Specify the requirements
3. Inspect the requirements
4. Develop a system test plan
1. Create a high level design
2. Specify the design
3. Inspect the design
4. Develop an integration test plan
1. Use the PSP to implement modules/units
2. Create detailed design of modules/units
3. Review the design
4. Translate the design to code
5. Review the code
6. Compile and test the modules/units
7. Analyze the quality of the modules/units
1. Build and integrate the system
2. Conduct a system test
3. Produce user documentation
1. Conduct a postmortem analysis
2. Write a cycle report
3. Produce peer and team evaluations
What is PSP?
The Personal Software Process (PSP) shows engineers how to
1. manage the quality of their projects
2. make commitments they can meet
3. improve estimating and planning
4. reduce defects in their products
PSP can be used by engineers as a guide to a disciplined and structured approach to developing software. The PSP is a prerequisite for an organization planning to introduce the TSP.
The PSP can be applied to many parts of the software development process, including
1. small-program development
2. requirement definition
3. document writing
4. systems tests
5. systems maintenance
6. enhancement of large software systems
PSP is based on the following planning and quality principles
1. Every engineer is different. To be most effective, engineers must plan their work and they must base their plans on personal data.
2. To consistently improve their performance, engineers must measure their work and use their results to improve.
3. To produce quality products, engineers must feel personally responsible for the quality of their products. Superior products are not produced by accident; engineers must strive to do quality work.
4. It costs less to find and fix defects earlier in a process than later.
5. It is more efficient to prevent defects than to find and fix them.
6. The right way is always the fastest and cheapest way to do a job
In the late 1980s and early 1990s the SEI developed the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) which captured organizational best practices for software development. SEI Fellow Watts Humphrey decided to apply the underlying principles of the CMM to the software development practices of a single developer. The result of this effort was the Personal Software Process (PSP), designed to be a CMM level 5 processes for individual software developers.
It soon became obvious that, while excellent results were possible using the PSP, it was almost impossible to maintain the discipline required for PSP practices if the surrounding environment did not encourage and demand them. Humphrey then developed the Team Software Process (TSP) for the smallest operational unit in most organizations, the project team. TSP was designed to be a CMM level 5 processes for project teams. Recent results of using the TSP to achieve world-class quality levels while meeting cost and schedule estimates are documented in an SEI technical report.
Mapping TSP and CMMI
The SEI released a technical report in 2004, Mapping TSP to CMMI. Early indications from this effort are that, while some of the “new” practices from the SE-CMM and IPD-CMM are not addressed by the TSP, many of them are, which￯﾿ᄁ￯ᄒタ￯ᄒヤin combination with the large number of similar practices from the venerable SW-CMM￯﾿ᄁ￯ᄒタ￯ᄒヤleads to the conclusion that TSP is a practical, accessible method for achieving the benefits of high maturity process on a much accelerated schedule.
By sukumar lakshmanan, On 2/8/08 1:37 PM

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