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Software Engineering Standards Symposium and Forum, 1997. Emerging International Standards. ISESS 97., Third IEEE International

Date 1-6 June 1997

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  • Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Software Engineering Standards

    Publication Year: 1997
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  • Computer Related Standards And Safety Workshop Proceedings

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 236 - 239
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  • Fundamental Principles Of Software Engineering

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 271 - 274
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  • International Metrics Database Opportunities & Future Directions

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 275 - 277
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  • Standards And Conformity Assessment For Safety Related Programmable And Electronic Systems (PES s) (IEC 1508)

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 280 - 282
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  • Software Engineering Models For Quality: Comparing The SEI Capability Maturity Model (CMM) To ISO 9001

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 289 - 292
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 320
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  • A study of employee competency in software process management

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 187 - 194
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    This paper presents the findings of a questionnaire survey conducted in a company to assess its employees' competency in software process management. An overview of employee competency and its definition in the context of the survey are given. The Knowledge, Awareness and Practice (KAP) Model was specially designed and used to measure the level of competency of the software development team with respect to compliance with the key process areas (KPAs) of the Software Engineering Institute's (SEIs) Capability Maturity Model (CMM). Other analyses made pertain to the aspects of familiarity and adequacy of training on the KPAs. The results of the measurement using the KAP Model, show 73.3% of the company employees are performing their jobs in compliance with the software development guidelines defined in CMM Levels 2 and 3, which the company currently implements View full abstract»

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  • Results of the IEEE survey of software engineering standards users

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 242 - 270
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    This survey was initiated by the Software Engineering Standards Subcommittee (SESC) at a steering committee meeting held in conjunction with the Forum on Software Engineering Standards Issues. Individuals responsible for project process definition and documentation, for corporate process definition and documentation, and for compliance assessments bring different interpretations to the same software engineering standard. These users of software standards employ the standards in different ways. The Software Engineering Standards Users Survey is an attempt by SESC to take a market snapshot of software standards implementation and report the results to those responsible for IEEE standards creation and maintenance. This paper is a report of the survey results View full abstract»

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  • Principles Of Systems Engineering And Scenarios

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 279
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  • Development of an international standard for high-level Petri nets

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 155 - 162
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    Work has commenced on the development of an international standard for high-level Petri nets within the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7/WG11 (Software Engineering Data Description and Representation). A ballot on subdividing Project 7.19 (Diagrams for Software Engineering) was held in the last half of 1995, and resulted in the subdivision being approved. The first Working Draft (WD) was circulated to members of Working Group 11 for discussion at the Ottawa interim meeting in October 1996. The result of this meeting was that a revised WD is currently being circulated to SC7 for comment. We hope to circulate the revised draft as a Committee Draft in the middle of 1997, and to progress the document to a Draft International Standard by 1998. This paper provides the background, scope, justification and current status of this project View full abstract»

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  • The ESA software engineering standards: past, present and future

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 119 - 126
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    The European Space Agency (ESA) has had a set of software engineering standards which have been in force since 1984 and have undergone two revisions since that time. These standards were written by a group called the Board for Software Standardisation and Control (BSSC). This paper describes the role of the BSSC and gives a brief outline of the ESA software engineering standards (PSS-05-0), including recent work on a version of the standards for use in small projects, the so-called PSS-05 “lite”. The results of work on the comparison of the ESA software engineering standards with software-related ISO standards such as ISO 9001/9000-3 and ISO 12207 are summarised. Work in progress is discussed, notably the production of a guide to applying PSS-05-0 in projects using object-oriented methods and coding standards for a number of programming languages. The outlook for the future is discussed. This discussion includes new standards coming from the European Cooperation for Space Standardisation (ECSS) as well as covering some other topical issues View full abstract»

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  • Viewpoints on improving the standards making process: document factory or consensus management?

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 207 - 216
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    Emerging standards and guidelines need to be timely and reflect the requirements of the industrial sector they are designed to support. However, often, the delay between the identification of a need for a standard and its eventual release is too long. There is a need for increased understanding of the sources of delay and deadlock within the standards process. In this paper we describe an application of PERE (Process Evaluation in Requirements Engineering) to the standards process. PERE provides an integrated process analysis that identifies improvement opportunities by considering process weaknesses and protections from both mechanistic and human factors viewpoints. The resulting analysis identified both classical resource allocation problems and also specific problems concerning the construction and management of consensus within a typical standards making body. A number of process improvement opportunities are identified that could be implemented to improve the standards process. We conclude that consensus problems are the real barrier to timely standards production. Ironically the present trend for more distributed working and electronic support (via e-mail etc.) may make the document factory aspect of standards production more efficient at the expense of consensus building View full abstract»

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  • Strategic Planning Workshop

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 285
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  • Quality in use: incorporating human factors into the software engineering lifecycle

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 169 - 179
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    The relationship between the different approaches to quality in ISO standards is reviewed, contrasting the manufacturing approach to quality in ISO 9000 (quality is conformance to requirements) with the product orientation of ISO 8402 (quality is the presence of specified features) and the goal orientation of quality in use in ISO/IEC 14598-1 (quality is meeting user needs). It is shown how ISO 9241-11 enables quality in use to be measured, and ISO 13407 defines the activities necessary in the development lifecycle for achieving quality in use View full abstract»

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  • A process standard for system security engineering: development experiences and pilot results

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 217 - 221
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    The Systems Security Engineering Capability Maturity ModelSM (SSE-CMMSM) describes the essential characteristics of an organization's security engineering process. The standard was developed by a unique government-industry consortium of leading security providers and acquirers. This paper summarizes the model and presents lessons learned in the model's development and from pilot appraisals View full abstract»

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  • Modelling the reliability of SPICE based assessments

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 69 - 82
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    An area of major investigation in the SPICE trials is the reliability of assessments. In particular, their evaluation and improvement. Previous reliability studies in the trials have focused on evaluating reliability. In this paper we report on a study that focused on generating recommendations for improving the reliability of assessments through the construction of a model. The study attempted to identify factors that have an impact on reliability. Using data from three assessments, we constructed a model that explains some of the variation in the reliability of assessments. The two factors considered were the capability of processes and when ratings were made during an assessment (other factors such as assessor experience were held constant). Our model suggests that future assessment processes should have two contiguous phases in order to increase reliability. The first phase focuses only on data collection. During the second phase, ratings are made View full abstract»

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  • Integration standards for critical software intensive systems

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 99 - 109
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    “Integration” is a term that is often misused and misunderstood. The existence of integration as an activity in system development is undeniable. Its existence as a phase of the system lifecycle which requires planning and management is, however, frequently ignored. This omission is undesirable, particularly in critical systems where lack of integration planning may affect the system's ability to meet its criticality objectives. Not surprisingly, this confusion is reflected in many standards. This paper identifies the ways in which various critical systems standards deal with integration and, as a corollary, suggests possible standardisation activities as well as ways in which organisations relying on software-intensive systems for critical functions can approach this problem View full abstract»

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  • Quality assessment of knowledge-based software: some certification considerations

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 144 - 154
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    Knowledge-based technology is being applied to complex problem-solving and critical tasks in many application domains. Concerns have naturally arisen as to the dependability of knowledge-base systems (KBSs). As with any software, attention to quality and safety must be paid throughout the development of a KBS, and rigorous verification and validation (V&V) techniques must be employed. Research in KBS V&V has emerged as a distinct field only in the last decade and is intended to address issues associated with KBS quality aspects and to credit such applications with the same degree of dependability as conventional applications. However, a major drawback of the current state of acceptance of KBS software is the lack of standardization. Although standards do exist for software, extensions are needed to cope with specific KBS software characteristics. This paper advocates the idea that, although quality assessment of KBS software is still a challenging issue, KBS software is not an impossible one. Some V&V techniques based on specific KBS software properties are described in this paper which aims at indicating KBS acceptability requirements may be specified and evaluated, being at the same time a good basis for certification View full abstract»

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  • An emerging international standard for software process assessment

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 83 - 90
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    In June 1993, an international effort was chartered by ISO/IEC JTCI to develop a standard for software process assessment. An important goal of this effort is to harmonize existing process assessment approaches. One of the risks in fielding such an international standard is that the appearance of a new and potentially incongruous approach to assessment and improvement could undermine or demotivate continued investment in process improvement by the software acquisition and software supplier communities. If the prospective standard can provide an integrating framework while still advancing the state of practice in software process assessment, it will be a very significant and positive accomplishment. This paper describes the current state of this standardization effort and discusses challenges which must be overcome View full abstract»

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  • Technology impact on dependability requirements

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 92 - 98
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    This paper presents research findings concerning the changing dependability requirements for electronic products and services. It provides new thrusts for dependability standards development. The work done is under the auspices of the IEC/TC56 (Dependability: Strategic Advisory Group-Task Force on Technology). This study focuses on the dynamic shift in the telecommunications business environment driven by rapid technology evolution and market diversity. The issues pertaining to new approaches for dependability methodology development are discussed. Industry needs for new dependability standards to facilitate international trades are highlighted View full abstract»

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  • Quantitative evaluation of the SPICE, CMM, ISO 9000 and BOOTSTRAP

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 57 - 68
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    This paper comparatively analyses the current models for software process assessment and improvement (SPA/SPI) e.g., SPICE, CMM, ISO 9000 and BOOTSTRAP. The configuration of the sample spaces and the partially overlapped fundamental process activities defined in the four models are quantitatively analysed and contrasted. The features, orientation, profile and correlation in the software process capability determination frameworks of the current models are comparatively evaluated. The analysis results provide the software development organisations with a complete and objective view of the strengths, weaknesses and interrelationships of these four SPA/SPI models, so the most appropriate models can be chosen for their crucial long-term SPA/SPI pursuit View full abstract»

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  • Quality management applied to the development of a national checklist for ISO 9001 audits for software

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 6 - 14
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    One of the commonly used tools in quality management is a checklist, which may contain a set of criteria against which the efficacy of a process is judged. This paper presents a case study of a national project to develop a checklist to support audits and assessments of ISO 9001-compliant quality management systems in the field of software. This national project is reviewed in terms of: project requirements, process and product quality objectives and quality management practices; participation by industry locally and internationally; the use of the Internet for communication and document distribution; the product development and review process; and the product trials (or validation) View full abstract»

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  • Standard For Software Reliability Engineering

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 287 - 288
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  • Functional safety of safety-related systems: the influence of IEC 1508 and developments in conformity assessment schemes on business drivers

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 110 - 118
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    Industry faces many challenges and unremitting pressures within increasingly competitive markets. There are increasing regulatory demands to address risks to safety and the environment in a world where public concern for safety is rising. A consistent approach to the use of new technology and standards is essential to avoid the potential confusion of different approaches to safety being followed by different application sectors. Programmable electronics is a technology that, if properly used in the implementation of safety-related systems supported by internationally acceptable standards with supporting conformity assessment schemes, offers significant benefits to industry in meeting its challenges, whilst maintaining and improving safety. This paper presents a range of current technical issues and business drivers within manufacturing industry, and discusses the relevance and importance of the emerging international standard IEC 1508 in assisting industry in satisfying their evolving business drivers and continuous organisational restructuring. A UK Government-sponsored research project called FRESCO (FRamework for the Evaluation of Safety-Critical Objects) has developed a conformity assessment scheme from process industry requirements based on IEC 1508. This paper outlines the organisational framework and assessment methodology developed by the FRESCO project View full abstract»

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