Tool: The Benefits of Software Certification

By Elizabeth Bennett  |  Posted 2003-12-22 Print this article Print

This calculator provides a return on investment estimate for any kind of software-process improvement.

XLS Download Getting certified is a little like eating your veggies. Theres a sense that it must be good for your company, but the benefits arent always evident. A company-wide effort to meet a quality standard like the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for software development is mostly justified as a way to build business or meet customer requirements; internal return on investment (ROI) is hard to gauge.

SPC uses ROI calculators to demonstrate the value of improved software processes. While CMMI is the most recognized quality certification for software, this calculator, which SPC helped Baseline adapt, provides an ROI estimate for any kind of software-process improvement.

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Elizabeth has been writing and reporting at Baselinesince its inaugural issue. Most recently, Liz helped Fortune 500 companies with their online strategies as a customer experience analyst at Creative Good. Prior to that, she worked in the organization practice at McKinsey & Co. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College.

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