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Engineering Software Under Statistical Quality Control
November/December 1990 (vol. 7 no. 6)
pp. 44-54

Eight common misconceptions of software quality are examined and refuted. The concept of cleanroom engineering of software is introduced. Cleanroom engineering achieves intellectual control by applying rigorous, mathematics-based engineering practices, establishes an errors-are-unacceptable attitude and a team responsibility for quality, delegates development and testing responsibilities to separate teams, and certifies the software's mean time to failure through the application of statistical quality-control methods. A typical project is used to explain the concepts and procedures.

Index Terms:
statistical quality control; software quality; cleanroom engineering; intellectual control; mathematics-based engineering practices; errors-are-unacceptable; team responsibility; mean time to failure; quality control; software reliability
Citation:
Richard H. Cobb, Harlan D. Mills, "Engineering Software Under Statistical Quality Control," IEEE Software, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 44-54, Nov.-Dec. 1990, doi:10.1109/52.60601
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