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process software quality assurance (SQA)

  • If SQA plan does not exist then
  • Task U.3.1 Establish a Software Quality Plan for the project
  • U.3.1.1 Assign SQA responsibilities to project staff and/or to a separate SQA organization;

    U.3.1.2 Identify software engineering deliverables that will be evaluated for quality;

    U.3.1.3 Identify applicable standards, practices, conventions and measurements/metrics;

    U.3.1.4 Define the 'deliverable set' for the project and define criteria for assessing quality for each deliverable;

    U.3.1.5 Specify all SQA points throughout the software engineering process; U.3.1.6 Define quality issues reporting scheme;

    U.3.1.7 Define approach for formal technical reviews;

  • U.3.2 Establish a quality function deployment (QFD) scheme;

  • else skip


    U.3.3 Establish validation criteria for the software to be produced or modified;

    event trigger: work product has been completed or software process is underway

    repeat until (deliverables are complete)

    U.3.4 Conduct reviews and other SQA activities

  • U.3.4.1 Collect quality metrics for all deliverables, based on the results of formal technical reviews;

    U.3.4.2 Conduct standards compliance audits (if applicable) to ensure that all applicable standards have been met;

    U.3.4.3 Initiate management/customer quality briefings to report on quality issues as they are encountered and reconciled;

    U.3.4.4 Perform subcontractor monitoring to ensure that the subcontractor complies with the Software Quality Plan;

    U.3.4.5 Update the project plan/risk mitigation, monitoring and management plan based on quality issues uncovered in other tasks;

  • endrep

    U.3.5 Audit the software process

    end event

  • endsubprocess software quality assurance (SQA)

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