Professor Harter’s research focuses on project management and software process improvement. This research examines the organizational benefits of process maturity on software quality, development effort, and development time. His current work examines the effect of software improvements on personal issues, including hiring policies, salaries, promotions, attrition, management span of control, and organizational design.
- "Does Software Process Improvement Reduce the Severity of Defects? ALongitudinal Field Study", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 38(4), 810-827, 2012 (with Kemerer, C., Slaughter, S.)
- "Impact of Budget and Schedule Pressure on Software Development Cycle
Time and Effort", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 35(5), 624-637, 2009 (with Nan, N.)