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Improved Software Quality Through Improved Development Process Descriptions

: Bunse, C.; Verlage, M.; Giese, P.


Automatica 34 (1998), No.1, pp.23-32 : Ill., Lit.
ISSN: 0005-1098
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IESE ()
documentation; process model; software engineering; software project management

Everyday's life depends more and more on the quality of software. A prerequisite for improved software quality is the documentation of software development processes. Formal process models have advantages over informal ones (e.g., project handbooks) including completeness, consistency, and unambiguity. The problem addressed in this paper is the choice of modeling procedure when formalizing existing, informal process descriptions. A study is presented in which an informal description of an IBM Cleanroom process was trans- formed into a formal Multi-View Process Modeling Language (MVP-L) model. With phase-, level-, and concept-based modeling three different formalization approaches were evaluated of which concept-based modeling turned out to be advantageous over the others with respect to its complexity and necessary rework.