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Determination of appropriate tools and methodology as applied to a combined rad v life cycle

Objective

The increasing change of pace of customer markets is driving the need for software companies to be able to deliver high quality solutions in ever diminishing time scales to meet the customers changing business needs. This is the main driver for this experiment whose objectives are:

- Get products to market faster
- Get products to market at reduced cost
- Get products to market more efficiently
- Increase tool, process and component reuse
- Increase flexibility of products

THE EXPERIMENT

To achieve the above objectives requires the improvement of methods and tools as follows
1. RAD to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of combining a RAD and 'V' life cycle
2. Unit test and analysis to experiment with alternative and potentially more efficient Unit Test and Analysis approaches
3. Object Orientation to assess the impact of application to the 'V' element of the life cycle.
4. System Test and Unit Test buddy scheme to experiment with alternative and potentially more efficient System and Unit Test approaches
5. Extending RAD to determine the point at which a RAD approach compromises product quality
6. The Quality System to assess the impact of automation of current ISO9001 system
7. Cost Of Quality (COQ)/Waste analysis using Function Point Analysis

EXPECTED IMPACT AND EXPERIENCE

The following impact is expected

1. Advancement of overall development practice from conventional 'V' to the Hybrid RAD/'V' life cycle, applying the two approaches to the areas of development that they best apply
2. Enhanced capability and tools to undertake classical and Object Oriented design
3. Improved testing techniques including automation of unit, system and static testing
4. Automated ISO9001 Quality Management System
5. Reduced waste in terms of errors produced and process inefficiency

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

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