Software QA Methods of the Future


Brelsford, James J.   (1988, ASQC)   Lockheed - Aeronautical Systems Company, Burbank, CA

Annual Quality Congress, Dallas TX    Vol. 42    No. 0
QICID: 3450    May 1988    pp. 377-381
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Article Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to: make software QA professionals aware of areas in software QA that could be automated, promote the use of software QA tools, and promote further research.

In the last ten years, the Department of Defense has been emphasizing software cost and quality. To meet this challenge the software industry has been concentrating on software development environments and Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE). This paper will review the software QA function. Throughout the industry the software QA function is still being performed by manual means. This must change or software QA will become either a bottleneck or a token effort.

To address this issue, the paper will survey current software QA methods and identify where new tools and techniques could be used to increase productivity and accuracy. The emphasis will be on the need for the industry to move toward Computer-Aided Software QA (CASQA). Some of the areas that will be addressed are: automated review/audit tools, software measurement, paperless software QA records, software QA notebook, on-line corrective action database and the use of expert systems in software QA.


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