Watts Humphrey is the visionary behind the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and the Personal Software Process (PSP). The CMM contains a framework for software process improvement at the organizational level. The PSP builds the self-discipline needed for individual programmers to work efficiently and effectively. The author's new Team Software Process (TSP) details methods that should guide the formation of a software development team and that will enhance the team's productivity.
This book describes an introductory version of TSP, ideal for smaller projects but also useful for learning basic forms and procedures that apply to other development projects. Methods presented include: how to establish roles; how to conceive, design, and plan a project; and how to track and report on progress. The book walks students through a complete development cycle, illustrating: how best to use the talents at hand; how to formulate well-defined goals; how to coordinate activities for maximum progress; how to promote effective communication; and how to alleviate many of the conflicts that undermine teamwork.
The book provides two project exercises, with prescribed development goals and team roles, to help students master this proven process.