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Software quality assurance management is essential to improving the
practice of software engineering and management and thus constitutes
an integral part of the software engineering process.
The specific approach taken in the
project builds upon the Capability Maturity Model,
Humphrey , Paulk et al. , of
the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
This methodology, assesment procedure and improvement program is
specialized on Software Processing Units and dedicated to software
The Capability Maturity Model for software distinguishes five levels
of process maturity (initial, repeatable, defined,
managed, and optimizing) which are decomposed into
several key process areas.
Each of this areas is described in terms of the key practices,
Paulk et al. [1993b], that contribute to satisfying its goals.
The Capability Maturity Model is more specific, but not conflicting
with the generic quality standard
and has also been adopted in the EU project BOOTSTRAP
project No. 5441) for the development of a European assessment method
and certification process (BOOTSTRAP license).
The following sections provide a brief description of those
key process areas providing practices which are
applicable on the project level.
These key practices will guide the software
quality control procedure in
The information has been taken from the general documentation of the
Capability Maturity Model, Paulk et al. [1993a], and from the
specification of the key practices, Paulk et al. [1993b].
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