THE ESSI PROGRAMME


A reservoir of software & system improvement industrial case studies


From 1995 to 1999, the European Software & Systems Initiative (ESSI) of the European Commission has funded 400 industrial experiments entitled Process Improvement Experiments (PIE), whose purpose is evaluating improvement of processes, methods, techniques and tools in the context of operational projects and comparing results obtained from these projects using, on the one hand, a conventional approach and, on the other hand, a novel approach in order to check whether the latter provides a real benefit. A dozen of such projects will report their practical results in the sessions of the ICSSEA '99 conference. The corresponding lectures are indicated by a subtitle indicating the name of the ESSI PIE project concerned.