Coutinho, John De S. (1972, ASQC) Grumman Aerospace Corporation, Bethpage, NY
The effectiveness of an ADPS depends on the quality of hardware, software and operating personnel. The application of rigorous quality assurance procedures to the development and production of computer hardware generally has resulted in hardware of acceptable quality. Operating personnel quality depends in part on software quality. ADPS software development, however, has never been subjected to formal quality assurance procedures and today represents the main weakness of available ADPS systems. This deficiency should be corrected if the growing effectiveness of computer applications is to continue. This paper derives the elements of a quality assurance program for ADPS developments based on similarity to hardware development procedures. This paper is published in two parts: Part I, "Development of Specification Requirements," and Part II, "Development of a Quality Assurance Program," to be published in the July 1972 issue.
Software quality,Quality assurance (QA)