Application of GQM+Strategies in a Multi-industry State-Owned Company

Tipo de publicación: Book Chapter

Publicado en: Product-Focused Software Process Improvement

  • López, Gustavo
  • Aymerich, Brenda
  • Garbanzo, Diana
  • Pacheco, Alexia
  • Abrahamsson, Pekka
  • Jedlitschka, Andreas
  • Nguyen Duc, Anh
  • Felderer, Michael
  • Amasaki, Sousuke
  • Mikkonen, Tommi

Investigadores del CITIC asociados a la publicación
Dr. Gustavo López Herrera
Diana Garbanzo Quirós
Brenda Aymerich Fuentes

Proyecto asociado a la publicación
Fortalecimiento de la capacidad de desarrollo, adopción y mantenimiento de software del Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad

Palabras claves
  • Experience report
  • Goal-oriented measurement
  • GQM+Strategies
  • IT strategy
  • software process improvement
  • Strategic alignment

Technological applications have an increasingly important role in most companies. Investment in Information Technologies (IT) is also growing in most of them. The need to align IT-related goals with the company’s strategic goals becomes imperative. GQM+Strategies is an approach to align organizational goals, strategies, and measurements at different levels of an organization. This paper describes experiences learned from a GQM+Strategies implementation at a large multi-industry state-owned company. The implementation was conducted by an academic research team joined by representatives of the company. Results showed an improved alignment and integration of different goals. Moreover, a holistic goal visualization was achieved, even though the company works in two different industries. As a state-owned company, external pressures force continuous planning. Sometimes, inadvertently designing those plans is the only goal achieved (i.e., plans are never executed). Using GQM+Strategies, the research team leveraged the separation of goals and strategies, allowing identification of redundancies and replicated efforts across the company. The implementation of the GQM+Strategies approach in such a complex context was very valuable. However, it also required a large amount of effort from the researchers and company representatives.


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Application of GQM+Strategies in a Multi-industry State-Owned Company