Software Process Improvement (SPI) efforts are being undertaken by organization of all types and sizes as they attempt to deal with the challenges of quality, complexity and competitiveness. Software process improvement efforts rely on the successful integration of many technical, organizational and methodological issues. SPI has provided a rich field for both conceptual and practical research in industry and academia. Software Process Improvement: Concepts and Practices provides the opportunity for rich socio-technical and interdisciplinary studies in addition to those studies that primarily focus on process and/or enabling technology issues. This book addresses numerous aspects of SPI program development, implementation, trends, opportunities and future challenges in organizations.