This project initiative is promoted by the Apulian Regional Information Technology District and has the ultimate goal of strengthening software companies through the proposition and experimentation of technologies, henceforth Lean Software Development (LSD), which make possible the lightening of software development processes regardless of the specificity of the software process in use. In a nutshell, the initiative plans to combine the software development process normally used in a company with a process called “monitor”, integrated into a cycle of continuous improvement, capable of reducing waste, optimizing production capacity and resources , and increase the value of the development process in use.

This objective implies:

  • formal description of the production processes in use to be improved and the underlying organizational structure;
  • definition of flexible, goal-oriented quality models, useful for measuring the “value” produced by the development process as well as for quantifying the waste attributable to this (typically, over-production; configuration, fragmentation; interruption; re-equipment; defects; extra-processing);
  • definition of process data analysis and interpretation models useful for identifying weaknesses and consequent improvement initiatives to be undertaken to overcome them and, therefore, to improve the development process by reducing waste;
  • definition of technologies aimed at the systematic collection of experience from the development processes in use and the analysis of their performances.

The LSD approach will be defined, instrumented through demonstrative prototypes and finally tested in 5 different case studies of industrial interest related to: the design processes of Industrial IT solutions (II); the processes of designing E-learning (EL) solutions; the design processes of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions; the design processes of Mobile solutions applied to Wharehouse Management (MWM); the design processes of software solutions for Cash Management & Balancing (CMB). Each of these case studies is expression of the core business / area of ​​interest of at least one of the proposing companies.

The organization of the project is inspired by the classic cycle of technological innovation: needs analysis; proposition of innovation; experimentation, analysis and interpretation of the data obtained in order to qualitatively and quantitatively verify the real benefits obtainable; possible improvement of innovation; dissemination of results and institutionalization. To maximize the effectiveness of the initiative: all the technologies developed and the related processes of use will be collected in an experience repository which will also contain all the data collected during the experiments, indeed called.