Most product innovations today are enabled through software components, so it is no surprise that software
is the primary means of competitive differentiation. Software plays a key role in the digitalisation of many
products that hitherto were completely driven by electronics, so scaling software in a controlled and
efficient way is crucial, and represents a major challenge for organisations. The required transformations
are often driven by the technological evolution of products,
systems or services as well as by how the business and the company are organised. In many instances,
existing processes must be reshaped, and new best practices and tools incorporated. The challenge taken up
by the ITEA project SCALARE, a joint effort of industry and academia from five countries, was how to support
and enable organisations in scaling their software capability
in a systematic, proactive way.
The SCALARE approach is unique in that it provides a holistic vision for scaling in three dimensions:
systems and services, processes and methods, and business and organisation. One of the key outcomes of
SCALARE is the Scaling Management Framework (SMF), which organisations can use to assess their software
development capability and plan their efforts to scale up that capability. The SMF is an analytical tool
that companies can use to assess where they are and define the steps to take to improve their software
The SMF and a rich set of case studies are reported in a practitioner-oriented book 'Scaling a Software
published end of November 2017. The book is freely available as open access under a Creative Commons
license. Building on the first book, which had been downloaded 16,000 times by mid-2020, the Swedish SCALARE
project partners published a second book in
2018 based on the scaling management framework from SCALARE, called 'Principles for Industrial Open Source'.
This book emphasises that the most innovative software is Open Source and that it is possible to
simultaneously support Open Source while keeping parts of the code proprietary.
In addition to these books, the SCALARE project partners have exploited the strong results in several ways.
The project has enabled Husqvarna to make the digital transition, allowing them to respond to the
demanding customers needs. Husqvarna now has 32 times as many software developers, which equates to 160.
Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick developed a prototype of the open
pattern tool ASPIRE that helps managers identify key practices when faced with scaling scenarios. The Inner
Source topic, which refers to the adoption of Open Source practices and processes within an organisation,
has attracted considerable attention from companies worldwide including Nokia, PayPal, SAP, and Robert
Bosch. The research studies conducted as part of the SCALARE
project also gained a lot of interest from companies globally. And besides a great number of research
studies that were published during the SCALARE project and a Special Issue of Softhouse's magazine, six
Masters students completed their theses on the SCALARE topics.
Furthermore, the Continuous Delivery (CD) assessment model was developed by Softhouse Consulting. It defines
different maturity levels for various disciplines within the software development lifecycle, necessary to
deliver software fast with good quality. With this maturity model, Softhouse Consulting already helped over
30 organisations to understand where they stood in the software development lifecycle, and from there to
define where they wanted to go. The Swedish consulting company Addalot also extended its consultancy
services portfolio as Open Source and Servitisation consultancy services were introduced.
With an estimated 10,000 people having been reached via numerous organised events, tutorials and keynotes,
online videos, the project partners are helping to 'arm' the European industry for the digital