Critical Review On The Personal Software Process Essay
Mihika Shah, Arizona State University
Quality management is a very important part of software organizations, and it is imperative to produce good quality products. In order to do that, it is necessary for every individual involved in the team to do superior quality work. The Personal Software Process provides guidelines that would provide an engineer with a disciplined approach to solve problems, and complete products which are of high quality, on schedule, and under the budget. This paper provides a summary of Watts S. Humphrey’s report on the PSP, and in the end, a brief opinion on his report.
Subject Descriptors: D.2.9 Management – Software Process Models K.6.3 Software Management – Software Process
General Keywords: PSP, Software quality management, Software Engineering
The Personal Software Process (PSP) – Watts S. Humphrey 
The first quality improvement strategy introduced in organizations began with Deming and Juran convincing industries to focus on improving the way people did their jobs. Before this, the most common way to assess the quality of a product was to test it once it had been built, and then fix it, which turned out to be expensive both cost and time wise, and hence the focus shifted in improving the quality of the product while it was being built.
However, the software industry improved its quality management only when Michael Fagan introduced software…