Software resolutions

NASA's plan to embark on an agencywide effort to improve its software will

have four areas of focus:

1. Improve the process the NASA contractor work force uses to develop software.

That includes reaching higher levels on the software Capability Maturity

Model developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute.

2. Establish metrics to measure productivity and quality of software

developed at NASA. Two sets of metrics will be used to evaluate the characteristics

of a project and to evaluate development by comparing the actual cost, schedule

and requirements with the planned allocations.

3. Strengthen the use of verification and validation internally and

at the agency's Independent Verification and Validation Center in West Virginia

early in software design.

4. Conduct software research into ways to improve the reliability and reusability

of software code and development processes.

Featured

  • FCW Perspectives
    remote workers (elenabsl/Shutterstock.com)

    Post-pandemic IT leadership

    The rush to maximum telework did more than showcase the importance of IT -- it also forced them to rethink their own operations.

  • Management
    shutterstock image By enzozo; photo ID: 319763930

    Where does the TMF Board go from here?

    With a $1 billion cash infusion, relaxed repayment guidelines and a surge in proposals from federal agencies, questions have been raised about whether the board overseeing the Technology Modernization Fund has been scaled to cope with its newfound popularity.

Stay Connected