The Teamware process support system is designed to improve team coordination and managerial control of software development teams. Teamware allows users to explicitly define their software development process and provides extensive execution support. In addition, Teamware is designed for non-technical as well as technical users, and is appropriate for use by managers, programmers, domain experts, and customer representatives. It also provides support for company-, site-, or project-specific customization.
During process execution, Teamware provides a summary of assignments for each team member. As each assignment is completed, Teamware informs appropriate managers and team members, and updates the shared project view. It also coordinates handoff of artifacts, tool interaction, and resource assignments. Further automation can be provided depending on the user's environment. This automation can include, for example, automatic invocation of tools, automated forwarding of documents to reviewers, or interaction with metrics gathering tools.
Teamware allows definition of the activities, artifacts, and resources associated with the software development process. These items can be defined hierarchically, thus an activity can be further subdivided into subactivities, while a software development team resource can be further defined to include team member resources or subteam resources. In addition, Teamware activity networks define the interelationships between activities, artifacts, and resources. Networks include definition of control flow, data flow, and resource assignments. Teamware's default activity network viewer provides a PERT-like view of the activities, however additional viewers can be defined using Teamware's API. An IDEF0 viewer, for example, is planned.
Teamware provides a high degree of extensibility and flexibility in process definitions. Teamware provides object-oriented hierarchies of activity, artifact, and resource categories. Users can customize or extend the existing categories to meet their specific needs. Thus, if a company uses a different e-mail system than mh (Teamware's default system), a new e-mail system can be easily integrated. Similarly, if a project needs a new resource type not found in Teamware, the existing resource hierarchy can be extended.
The initial implementation of Teamware has been developed running Sun OS 4.2 or higher. It utilizes Sun Ada, gcc, and Python. API's are provided for both Ada and Python. Default viewers provided are built on top of the ARPA-sponsored Chiron User Interface Management System.
Teamware is public domain software with full source distribution. Teamware-1.1 is written completely in Java(tm) and is set for release on the web sometime in the second quarter, 1996. Object handlers are currently supported in Python and Java; support for Ada95 and Tcl are currently underway. If you are interested in becoming a beta-tester, please contact us.