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Make software reuse a profitable reality in your organization.

In Managing Software Reuse, expert Wayne C. Lim tackles the strategic planning, economic, organizational, and metric issues that limit reuse in so many companies. He covers the entire lifecycle, offering "best practices" strategies that really work, and sharp insights into the organizational issues that make or break reuse projects.

Managing Software Reuse shows exactly how to:

  • Utilize an adoption model to systematically institutionalize reuse.
  • Select pilot projects that pave the way for wide deployment of reuse.
  • Perform a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether reuse is economically viable.
  • Harness the potential of software reuse to obtain competitive advantage.
  • Create a reuse vision and mission statement to guide reuse efforts.
  • Organize, train, and motivate your staff to support reuse.
  • Identify and implement appropriate reuse metrics.
  • Select the appropriate reuse tools for your organization.

If you want proven strategies for implementing reuse in every stage of the software development cycle, this book is required reading.

Encompassing managerial, organizational and economic aspects, this comprehensive guide explores software reuse implementation. Geared toward managers and engineering professionals, this handbook covers reuse benefits, strategies, staffing and organizational structures.

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Tackles the strategic planning, economic, organizational, and metric issues that limit reuse in many companies. Covers the entire software life cycle, offering strategies and insights into organizational issues that can make or break reuse projects. Includes case studies, chapter summaries, and appendices of surveys. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135523735
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/29/1998
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

WAYNE C. LIM is a founder and managing director of the Lombard Hill Group, a consulting firm that enables organizations to systematically institutionalize reuse practices. He helped start and manage Corporate Reuse Programs at Hewlett-Packard and Ford Aerospace. Mr. Lim is the recipient of the 1994 Best Article Award from IEEE Software for his research in reuse. He completed his MBA at Harvard University and graduate engineering coursework at Stanford University. He may be contacted via http://www.lombardhill.com or Wayne_Lim@post.harvard.edu.

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Introduction

The importance and prevalence of software has increased significantly in nearly every aspect of everyday life, from automation of offices to control of electronics at home. Both consumer and industrial products increasingly depend upon software for controlling and monitoring functions. This importance has naturally driven demand-and expenditures for complex, quality software. Its demand continues to grow at rates which outpace current software production capacity. Software expenditures in 1985 were estimated to be at about $70 billion in the U.S. and $125 billion worldwide. Such expenditures in 1990 were estimated to be $125 billion in the U.S. and $250 billion globally 1. As a result of such a crisis, engineers have been challenged to develop ways of increasing productivity without compromising quality. One very promising solution is the reuse of previously developed software.

The explosive growth in demand for software dictates that it can no longer be developed as a throw-away product. Quality software reflects many person-hours of development, testing, and debugging and as such, should no longer be viewed as an expense but rather treated as an investment. Active use of reusable software is recognized as one of the most promising avenues for preserving and utilizing the value inherent in software.

The goal of this book is to provide the practitioner with a handbook for implementing software reuse within an organization or across multiple organizations. The book offers an integrated, yet flexible, reuse adoption and institutionalization model which encompasses the managerial, organizational, and economic aspects of software reuse, and describes the various tools and techniques used in its implementation. It is not meant as a technical manual but rather, a managerial handbook for both managers and engineering professionals who wish to gain an understanding of the non-technical areas in reuse. Its purpose is not only to provide its readers with an overview of reuse issues but also to help them identify important factors to consider in deciding and embarking on reuse and to discuss ways of managing, organizing, and marketing a reuse program. Whenever possible, real-life examples are used to illustrate the concepts.

The book is organized into nine major sections.
The first section discusses the supply and demand predicament in software development; describes the sources from which productivity and quality may come; defines the terms which will be used in this book; examines how the concept of reuse has evolved; surveys how reuse has been utilized in various industries; and finally, describes a reuse adoption and institutionalization model.
The second section covers issues in initiating reuse. Topics discussed include establishing the role of a corporate reuse program; identifying reuse potential at the organizational level; and selecting a reuse pilot project among candidates.
The third section focuses on investigating whether reuse is appropriate for the targeted organization. It describes how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis; how to decide on whether to pursue reuse as a strategy; and a description of various reuse assessments used to determine the suitability of an organization for reuse.
The fourth section spotlights planning for software reuse. This entails creating a reuse vision; determining the necessary staff members, training and incentives; designing the appropriate organizational structure; handling funding and accounting issues as they relate to reuse; marketing reusable software internally in the organization; managing the legal and contractual issues in reuse; and understanding manufacturing concepts as they relate to reuse.
The fifth section discusses the processes and tools used in implementing reuse. This includes processes for producing, brokering, and consuming assets and tools such as reuse repositories.
The sixth section discusses implementation strategies for reuse. Areas explored include change management and technology transfer.
The seventh section describes the phase after implementation: monitoring and improving the reuse program.
The eighth section covers future trends in software reuse. This includes discussions on the rate of technology adoption and the factors necessary for accelerating the assimilation of reuse.
The final section surveys reuse efforts both in industry and academia.

In order to provide readers with a comprehensive exposure to the full body of reuse research, we include surveys of other practitioners' and researchers' works in appendices at the end of each chapter when appropriate. Specifically, the areas surveyed include:
1) adoption models, 2) success factors, 3) economic models, 4) maturity models, 5) assessments, 6) metrics, 7) processes, 8) domain analyses, 9) guidelines, 10) certification levels, and 11) prologues. Readers may wish to skim or skip these sections at first and return to them later for further study.

We begin this section with a discussion of systemic industry problems and challenges confronting software developers, followed by a brief examination of the possible solutions for meeting those challenges. This will be followed by the definition and discussion of the reuse terms used throughout the book and an investigation into the evolution of the software reuse concept. The section closes with an overview of current applications of reuse in industry.

Reference:
1 Boehm, Barry, Understanding and Controlling Software Costs, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 14, no. 10, October 1988.

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Table of Contents

The Reviews Are In
Introduction
Reference
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Software Development Crunch 1
Ch. 2 Software Reuse - Definition, Scope, and Framework 7
Ch. 3 Evolution of the Software Reuse Concept 15
Ch. 4 Major Trends in Reuse 25
Ch. 5 Reuse in Industry 37
Ch. 6 Organizational Reengineering for Reuse: A Reuse Adoption and Institutionalization Model 53
App. 6-A A Survey of Reuse Adoption Strategies 61
Ch. 7 The Role of a Corporate Reuse Program 69
Ch. 8 Identifying Organizational Reuse Potential and Aptitude 75
App. 8-A A Survey of Prior Research on Reuse Success Factors 87
Ch. 9 Selecting Pilot Projects 93
Ch. 10 Reuse Investigation 97
Ch. 11 Benefits and Costs of Software Reuse 101
Ch. 12 A Cost Justification Model for Software Reuse 133
App. 12-A A Survey of Reuse Economic Models 147
Ch. 13 Deciding on Reuse as a Strategy 165
App. 13-A A Survey of Reuse and Maturity Models 181
Ch. 14 Conducting a Reuse Assessment 191
App. 14-A A Survey of Reuse Assessments 207
Ch. 15 A Reuse Vision and Mission Statement 219
Ch. 16 Staffing for Software Reuse 223
Ch. 17 Organizational Structures for Software Reuse 237
App. 17-A A Survey of Prior Research on Reuse Organizational Structures 257
Ch. 18 Finance and Accounting for a Reuse Program 261
Ch. 19 Reuse Metrics 293
App. 19-A A Survey of Reuse Metrics 319
Ch. 20 Marketing Reusable Software 343
Ch. 21 Legal and Contractual Issues of Software Reuse 361
Ch. 22 Manufacturing Reusable Software 379
Ch. 23 Reuse Processes 395
App. 23-A A Survey of Reuse Processes 417
App. 23-B A Survey of Domain Analysis Approaches 425
App. 23-C A Survey of Reusability Guidelines 439
Ch. 24 Reuse Tools 453
App. 24-A A Survey of Information Elements (Prologues) 471
App. 24-B A Survey of Certification Levels 479
Ch. 25 Implementation Strategy 485
Ch. 26 Monitoring and Continuously Improving the Reuse Program 497
Ch. 27 Future Trends 501
App. A A Reuse Infrastructure and Implementation Plan Outline 517
App. B Software Reuse Lexicon 527
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Preface

PREFACE: Introduction

The importance and prevalence of software has increased significantly in nearly every aspect of everyday life, from automation of offices to control of electronics at home. Both consumer and industrial products increasingly depend upon software for controlling and monitoring functions. This importance has naturally driven demand-and expenditures for complex, quality software. Its demand continues to grow at rates which outpace current software production capacity. Software expenditures in 1985 were estimated to be at about $70 billion in the U.S. and $125 billion worldwide. Such expenditures in 1990 were estimated to be $125 billion in the U.S. and $250 billion globally 1. As a result of such a crisis, engineers have been challenged to develop ways of increasing productivity without compromising quality. One very promising solution is the reuse of previously developed software.

The explosive growth in demand for software dictates that it can no longer be developed as a throw-away product. Quality software reflects many person-hours of development, testing, and debugging and as such, should no longer be viewed as an expense but rather treated as an investment. Active use of reusable software is recognized as one of the most promising avenues for preserving and utilizing the value inherent in software.

The goal of this book is to provide the practitioner with a handbook for implementing software reuse within an organization or across multiple organizations. The book offers an integrated, yet flexible, reuse adoption and institutionalization model which encompasses the managerial, organizational, and economic aspects ofsoftwarereuse, and describes the various tools and techniques used in its implementation. It is not meant as a technical manual but rather, a managerial handbook for both managers and engineering professionals who wish to gain an understanding of the non-technical areas in reuse. Its purpose is not only to provide its readers with an overview of reuse issues but also to help them identify important factors to consider in deciding and embarking on reuse and to discuss ways of managing, organizing, and marketing a reuse program. Whenever possible, real-life examples are used to illustrate the concepts.

The book is organized into nine major sections.
The first section discusses the supply and demand predicament in software development; describes the sources from which productivity and quality may come; defines the terms which will be used in this book; examines how the concept of reuse has evolved; surveys how reuse has been utilized in various industries; and finally, describes a reuse adoption and institutionalization model.
The second section covers issues in initiating reuse. Topics discussed include establishing the role of a corporate reuse program; identifying reuse potential at the organizational level; and selecting a reuse pilot project among candidates.
The third section focuses on investigating whether reuse is appropriate for the targeted organization. It describes how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis; how to decide on whether to pursue reuse as a strategy; and a description of various reuse assessments used to determine the suitability of an organization for reuse.
The fourth section spotlights planning for software reuse. This entails creating a reuse vision; determining the necessary staff members, training and incentives; designing the appropriate organizational structure; handling funding and accounting issues as they relate to reuse; marketing reusable software internally in the organization; managing the legal and contractual issues in reuse; and understanding manufacturing concepts as they relate to reuse.
The fifth section discusses the processes and tools used in implementing reuse. This includes processes for producing, brokering, and consuming assets and tools such as reuse repositories.
The sixth section discusses implementation strategies for reuse. Areas explored include change management and technology transfer.
The seventh section describes the phase after implementation: monitoring and improving the reuse program.
The eighth section covers future trends in software reuse. This includes discussions on the rate of technology adoption and the factors necessary for accelerating the assimilation of reuse.
The final section surveys reuse efforts both in industry and academia.

In order to provide readers with a comprehensive exposure to the full body of reuse research, we include surveys of other practitioners' and researchers' works in appendices at the end of each chapter when appropriate. Specifically, the areas surveyed include:
1) adoption models, 2) success factors, 3) economic models, 4) maturity models, 5) assessments, 6) metrics, 7) processes, 8) domain analyses, 9) guidelines, 10) certification levels, and 11) prologues. Readers may wish to skim or skip these sections at first and return to them later for further study.

We begin this section with a discussion of systemic industry problems and challenges confronting software developers, followed by a brief examination of the possible solutions for meeting those challenges. This will be followed by the definition and discussion of the reuse terms used throughout the book and an investigation into the evolution of the software reuse concept. The section closes with an overview of current applications of reuse in industry.

Reference:
1 Boehm, Barry, Understanding and Controlling Software Costs, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 14, no. 10, October 1988.

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