On our test department we had an introduction of MSF (Microsoft Sollution Framework). We are considering to use it in the future. Is there any of you who already works with this process description? If so, what is you experience?
Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) is a spiral model SDLC. Its test component is loosely based on IEEE document standards and does not have a lot of process model to it. It is more of a guideline/framework than a hardcore methodology.
I have used it on a few projects and have had different degrees of success with it. It works best when all groups (dev, test, marketing, proj. mgmt., executive mgmt., sales, etc.) all get trained and involved with it. You definitely have to use the Team Model from MSF to make it fully effective. Everyone has to "buy in" to the process, otherwise you can get into a world of hurt.
I like it from the standpoint of its flexibility and customization. Again, it is a guide and you can add, delete, modify the basic process models to fit your needs.
We adapted it to our needs well over a year ago and it is exactly what we needed. We opted for CSF over CMM as it is flexible and actually just a guideline not a directive that says "you must do it this way"! We have developed our own templates and document outlines and use it throughout SQA.