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Information Development Process Management Software

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103627D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 76K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Appel, W: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a process-controlled development environment for computer-based development processes, e.g., software, planning, and information development processes. The environment enables the user to create a model of his development process, display the process graphically, and use the process display to automatically invoke user-specified tools to perform process tasks. The environment tracks progress during the development cycle, displays the progress, and limits user access to data associated with out of sequence steps.

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Information Development Process Management Software

       Disclosed is a process-controlled development environment
for computer-based development processes, e.g., software, planning,
and information development processes.  The environment enables the
user to create a model of his development process, display the
process graphically, and use the process display to automatically
invoke user-specified tools to perform process tasks.  The
environment tracks progress during the development cycle, displays
the progress, and limits user access to data associated with out of
sequence steps.

      The process-entry feature of the environment enables the user
to create a hierarchical model of his development process and
include:
      o  Entrance and exit criteria for each process step.
      o  Tool invocation statements required for each step.
      o  Names and information for each step.

      As an example, suppose a development process is modelled as
having three major phases -- planning, designing, and implementation.
These three phases form the top level of the hierarchy.  Each phase
consists of a sequence of related steps, e.g., the planning phase
could consist of requirements gathering, development resource
estimates, etc.  These sequences form the next lower level in the
hierarchy.  Any phase step that involves multiple steps would have
those steps in the next lower level in the hierarchy, and so on.
Each component of the process has entrance and exit criteria.  For
example, the design phase entrance criteria might be the completion
of each task in the planning phase.  The design phase exit criteria
may be the completion of each step in the design phase.  This
environment enables the user to completely specify h...