Richard E. Fairley

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The content and qualities of a good software requirements specification (SRS) are described and several sample SRS outlines are presented. This recommended practice is aimed at specifying requirements of software to be developed but also can be applied to assist in the selection of in-house and commercial software products. Guidelines for compliance with(More)
There is little to instruct software project managers on how to handle risk in a way that ensures the success of contingency planning and avoids crisis. This seven-step procedure describes how to identify risk factors, calculate their probability and effect on a project, and plan for and conduct risk management.<<ETX>>
Software engineering involves the application of principles of computer science, management science, and other fields to the design and construction of software systems. Education in software engineering is fundamentally different from education in computer science, management science, or other constituent fields, even though it shares a large common area(More)
This paper describes some recent developments in the field of software estimation. Factors to be considered in software estimation are discussed, a framework for reconciling those factors is presented, software estimation techniques are categorized, and recent advances are described. The paper concludes with a forecast of likely future trends in software(More)
2 2 I E E E S O F T W A R E N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 0 0 7 4 0 7 4 5 9 / 0 0 / $ 1 0 . 0 0 © 2 0 0 0 I E E E Often, the accountant’s answer is the most helpful of all. You may have been looking for the answer to the following question: “The Inspections people estimate that they can remove 68% of my software defects; the Test people estimate(More)
0 7 4 0 7 4 5 9 / 0 3 / $ 1 7 . 0 0 © 2 0 0 3 I E E E After initial salvage attempts, the ship was largely forgotten until Anders Franzen located it in 1956.1 In 1961, 333 years after it sank, the Vasa was raised; it was so well preserved that it could float after the gun portals were sealed and water and mud were pumped from it. The sheltered harbor had(More)