Improving the management
of software change
For software developers, the greatest concerns are requirement
specifications and the management of customer amendments. These concerns focus on the
interface between supplier and customer during the software production process.
The SACHER project plans to improve the handling of change requirements in software
intensive systems development, to increase the effectiveness of cost estimation in
software contract definition and to increase procurer confidence in software acceptance
Development of the SACHER method and toolkit has followed an incremental approach
involving IT developers, users and external customers. The toolkit is being installed at
user sites to check its performance on software contracts. Future commercialisation of
SACHER results is being prepared, by defining the terms of the commercial alliance and the
product marketing strategy.
The demonstration shows how the SACHER toolkit helps project managers to handle
customer-requested changes to the original requirements. It shows how the toolkit can be
integrated with the existing development environment by connecting to a remote web server
and downloading fresh data in XML format into the SACHER system.