Validating Effectiveness of Compliance Evaluation in Safety-Critical Process Assessment

Timo Varkoi, Timo Mäkinen, Frank Cameron, Risto Nevalainen

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    Safety is a growing concern in systems containing software. Process assessments are used to ensure quality of the development processes for safety-critical systems. Regulators of the nuclear power industry have increased requirements for the development processes. Now, process assessments are integrated in the qualification of the systems and are expected to provide information not only based on the assessment model but also about the domain specific requirements. Compliance evaluation utilizes assessment findings to create evidence of the relevant domain specific requirements. This study aims at validating the results of compliance evaluation by analyzing assessment findings and their use in the context of a safety-critical domain. The analysis is based on the use of binary relations. The results of this analysis indicate that process assessment findings are also relevant when evaluating compliance to other sets of requirements. The results can significantly support the trustworthiness of the process assessment method and ensure effective use of process assessments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSystems, Software and Services Process Improvement - 25th European Conference, EuroSPI 2018, Proceedings
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)9783319979243
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventEuropean Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement - Bilbao, Spain
    Duration: 5 Sept 20187 Sept 2018

    Publication series

    NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
    ISSN (Print)1865-0929


    ConferenceEuropean Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement


    • Process assessment
    • Safety
    • Systems engineering

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Computer Science
    • General Mathematics


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