ISO 15504 - Information Technology - Software Process Assessment  


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    ISO 15504 - Information Technology - Software Process Assessment - Trial Standard


    ISO - International Organization for Standardization


    ("Description from the Software Productivity Consortium")

    Framework Name: ISO/IEC 15504: Information Technology - Software Process Assessment

    Published Date: The ISO/IEC 15504 Technical Report series of nine documents (TR 15504-1 through TR 15504-9) was published in 1998.

    Description: In June 1991, the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 initiated a study on the need for a software process assessment standard. The results of this study drove the establishment of the Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination (SPICE) project in 1993 to standardize and improve on the existing software assessment methodologies. The SPICE project is developing the ISO/IEC 15504 standard to address all processes involved in software acquisition, development, operation, supply, maintenance, and support and has been created to be aligned closely with ISO/IEC 12207:1995 "Software Life Cycle Processes." Twenty-three requirements were addressed in the first working draft published in June 1995. This emerging standard has completed ISO/IEC 15504 DTR ballot in 2Q98. The DTR contained nine parts covering concepts, process reference model and improvement guide, assessment model and guides, qualifications of assessors, and guide for determining supplier process capability.

    The proposed ISO/IEC 15504 standard is dual-path architecture composed of domain-specific processes and capability measures common to each process. In the reference model (described in Part 2 of ISO/IEC 15504 DTR), there are 5 process categories with upwards of 40 processes. In determining the capability of an organization processes, there are six levels defined with nine common attributes (generic practices) allocated across the highest five levels. The organization’s assessment result will be a summary of all the highest capability levels achieved for the processes assessed.


    /Aytac, 2000/ Results of ISO/IEC 15504 assessments carried out in a group of small software houses in Turkey
    /Hamann, 2000/ Using ISO/IEC 15504 compliant assessment combined with goal-oriented measurement for process improvement at Dräger Medical Technology
    /Kitson, 2000/ The CMMI and ISO/IEC 15504
    /O'Brien, 2000/ Using ISO/IEC TR 15504 for software process improvement
    /Rout, 2000/ Evolving SPICE - the Future for ISO/IEC 15504
    /van Zyl, 2000/ Process innovation - Using the ISO/IEC TR 15504 and additions for building a capable software development organization
    /Wang Y., 2000a/ A Recent Extension of ISO 15504 to IT Acquisition Processes
    /Wang Y., 2000d/ PULSE: An ISO/IEC 15504 Extended Model and Methodology

    /Wang Y., 1999a/ Conformance Analysis of the Tailored CMM with ISO/IEC 15504

    See also

    Standards on software process
    Standards organisations

    Related publications

    General topics on process technologies: Law-governed processes

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