Towards enacting a SPEM-based test process with maturity levels

Amarmend Dashbalbar, Sang Min Song, Jung Won Lee, Byungjeong Lee

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Effective monitoring and testing during each step are essential for document verification in research and development (R&D) projects. In software development, proper testing is required to verify it carefully and constantly because of the invisibility features of software. However, not enough studies on test processes for R&D projects have been done. Thus, in this paper, we introduce a Test Maturity Model integration (TMMi)-based software field R&D test process that offers five integrity levels and makes the process compatible for different types of projects. The Software & Systems Process Engineering Metamodel (SPEM) is used widely in the software process–modeling context, but it lacks built-in enactment capabilities, so there is no tool or process engine that enables one to execute the process models described in SPEM. Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)-based workflow engines can be a solution for process execution, but process models described in SPEM need to be converted to BPMN models. Thus, we propose an approach to support enactment of SPEM-based process models by converting them into business processes. We show the effectiveness of our approach through converting software R&D test processes specified in SPEM in a case study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1217-1233
Number of pages17
JournalKSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - 28 Feb 2017


  • Enactment
  • Maturity levels
  • R&D test process
  • SPEM
  • Software test process


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