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Software Process Improvement in the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory

December 1994 Technical Report
Frank McGarry (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), Rose Pajerski (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), Gerald Page (Computer Sciences Corporation), Sharon Waligora (Computer Sciences Corporation), V. Basili (University of Maryland), M. Zelkowitz (University of Maryland)

This report describes the work of the first recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Software Process Achievement Award, jointly established by the SEI and IEEE to recognize outstanding achievements in software process improvement.


Software Engineering Institute

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The Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL) was established in 1976 for the purpose of studying and measuring software processes with the intent of identifying improvements that could be applied to the production of ground support software within the Flight Dynamics Division (FDD) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The SEL has three member organizations: NASA/GSFC, the University of Maryland, and Computer Sciences Corporation. The concept of process improvement within the SEL focuses on the continual understanding of both process and product as well as goal-driven experimentation and analysis of process change within a production environment.