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Tool supported detection and judgment of nonconformance in process execution

: Zazworka, N.; Basili, V.R.; Shull, F.


IEEE Computer Society; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-:
3rd International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2009. Proceedings : 15-16 Oct. 2009, Lake Buena Vista, Florida USA
Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4244-4841-8
ISBN: 978-1-4244-4842-5
International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) <3, 2009, Lake Buena Vista/Fla.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()

In the past decades the Software Engineering community has proposed a large collection of software development life cycles, models, and processes. The goal of a major set of these processes is to assure that the product is finished within time and budget, and that a predefined set of functional and non functional requirements (e.g. quality goals) are satisfied at delivery time. Based upon the assumption that there is a real relationship between the process applied and the characteristics of the product developed from that process, we developed a tool-supported approach that uses process nonconformance detection to identify potential risks in achieving the required process characteristics. In this paper we present the approach and a feasibility study that demonstrates its use on a large-scale software development project in the aerospace domain. We demonstrate that our approach, in addition to meeting the criteria above, can be applied to a real system of reasonable size ; can represent a useful and adequate set of rules of relevance in such an environment; and can detect relevant examples of process nonconformance that provide useful insight to the project manager.