Accession Number : ADA085323
Title : Evaluation of Software Life Cycle Data from the PAVE PAWS Project.
Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 1 Sep 77-30 Nov 79,
Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO ARLINGTON VA
Personal Author(s) : Curtis,Bill ; Sheppard,Sylvia B ; Kruesi,Elizabeth
Report Date : Mar 1980
Pagination or Media Count : 81
Abstract : Data were collected over the development cycle of the PAVE PAWS software development project. This project was designed to be a technology demonstration of modern programming practices. The practices studied on this project included: (1) Top-down design and implementation, (2) Structured coding and precompilers, (3) Program support library, (4) Program design language and HIPO charts, (5) Chief programmer teams, (6) Structured walkthroughs, (7) Independent test and quality assurance groups. The data available for evaluating this project included personhours, trouble reports, compiler summaries, code progression and durability charts from the library, management summaries, and personnel profiles. It was concluded from these data and our previous study on the LSDB project that modern programming practices are not miraculous productivity aids. Rather, these practices represent sound management principles which make software development more manageable and the prediction of project outcomes more accurate. Recommendations are also made for methods of collecting software life cycle data in future studies.
Descriptors : *COMPUTER PROGRAMMING , *DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT , TEST AND EVALUATION , DATA BASES , PROTOTYPES , SYSTEMS ANALYSIS , RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , QUALITY ASSURANCE , COMPILERS , LIBRARIES , MACHINE CODING , LIFE CYCLE TESTING , COMPUTER PROGRAM RELIABILITY
Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE