Title page for ETD etd-11202012-040203

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lavender, Robert Gregory
URN etd-11202012-040203
Title The explication of process-product relationships in DoD-STD-2167 and DoD-STD-2168 via an Augmented Data Flow Diagram model
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science and Applications
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Nance, Richard E. Committee Chair
Arthur, James D. Committee Member
Kafura, Dennis G. Committee Member
  • Computer engineering
Date of Defense 1988-03-05
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The research reported in this thesis is an extension and application of the results first introduced by the Procedural Approach to the Evaluation of Software Development Methodologies. The evaluation procedure offers a unique perspective based on the philosophy that a software development methodology should espouse a set of objectives that are achieved by employing certain U principles throughout the software development process, such that the products generated possess certain attributes deemed desirable. Further, definite linkages exist between objectives and principles, and principles and attributes.

The work described herein adopts the perspective offered by the evaluation procedure and applies a critical analysis to the process┬Ěproduct relationships in DoD-STD-2l67 and DoD-STD-2l68. In support of the analysis, Augmented Data Flow Diagrams are introduced as an effective tool for concisely capturing the information in both standards. The results of the analysis offer a deeper insight into the requirements for defense system software development, such that one is able to better understand the development process, and more intelligently assess the quality of the software and documentation produced.

Keywords: Data Flow Diagrams, DoD-STD-2167, DoD-STD-2168, Methodology Evaluation, Software Development Methodology, Software Development Process, Software Quality Evaluation.

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