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Tool Use Within NASA Software Quality AssuranceAs space mission software systems become larger and more complex, it is increasingly important for the software assurance effort to have the ability to effectively assess both the artifacts produced during software system development and the development process itself. Conceptually, assurance is a straightforward idea - it is the result of activities carried out by an organization independent of the software developers to better inform project management of potential technical and programmatic risks, and thus increase management's confidence in the decisions they ultimately make. In practice, effective assurance for large, complex systems often entails assessing large, complex software artifacts (e.g., requirements specifications, architectural descriptions) as well as substantial amounts of unstructured information (e.g., anomaly reports resulting from testing activities during development). In such an environment, assurance engineers can benefit greatly from appropriate tool support. In order to do so, an assurance organization will need accurate and timely information on the tool support available for various types of assurance activities. In this paper, we investigate the current use of tool support for assurance organizations within NASA, and describe on-going work at JPL for providing assurance organizations with the information about tools they need to use them effectively.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Shigeta, Denise
(Hawaii Univ. Maui, HI, United States)
Port, Dan
(Hawaii Univ. Maui, HI, United States)
Nikora, Allen P.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Wilf, Joel
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 10, 2015
Publication Date
January 4, 2013
Subject Category
Quality Assurance And Reliability
Computer Programming And Software
Meeting Information
Hawaii International Conference on System Science(Maui, HI)
Distribution Limits
software assurance
software assurance tools

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