Accession Number : ADA116980

Title :   Improving Software Quality Assurance Methods.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 21 Aug 80-21 Dec 81,

Corporate Author : SYSTEMS ARCHITECTS INC RANDOLPH MASS

Personal Author(s) : Davlin,James J ; Weedon,Margaret

PDF Url : ADA116980

Report Date : Apr 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 133

Abstract : This effort was co-ordinated among Rome Air Development Center (RADC), Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters (DLA Hq), Air Force Contracts Management Division Headquarters (AFCMD Hq), and Electronic Systems Division (ESD). System Architects, Inc. (SAI) performed this effort and has examined, analyzed, and evaluated the current software acquisition and contract administration management documents, software quality assurance tools, techniques and communication methods and has developed a series of recommendations for improved methods for assuring quality software. These improved methods encompass the entire software development life cycle which consists of five phases: (1) Requirement Analysis, (2) Design, (3) Code and Checkout, (4) Test and Integration, and (5) Operation and maintenance. SAI examined relevant documentation, conducted interviews and compiled the results from a comprehensive questionnaire as the basis for the analysis, evaluation and recommendations which can be found herein. SAI's recommendations for improved methods of assuring quality software are classified in four groups: (1) Establish clear, unambiguous Government Software Quality Assurance Guidance Documents, (2) Includes Software Quality Assurance Functions in all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle, (3) Improve communication methods and model documents primarily by mutual agreement regarding allocation of functional responsibilities between CAO's and Program Offices, and (4) Provide up-to-date training and people skilled in software to government SQA organizations.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *QUALITY ASSURANCE, *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT, *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, PLANNING, REQUIREMENTS, SPECIFICATIONS, DOCUMENTS, INSTRUCTIONS, REGULATIONS, POLICIES, CONTRACTS, CONTRACT PROPOSALS, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, QUALITY CONTROL, METHODOLOGY, TRAINING, PERSONNEL, SKILLS

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE