This handbook provides assessors with a number of instruments needed to perform software process capability assessments using the assessment method described in Part 1. It also provides instruments that help assessors to carry out their activities when performing assessments and supporting the implementation of software process improvement initiatives using the method for process improvement described in Part 1.
The instruments provided are:
- The Process Assessment Model (PAM) required to perform ECSS-Q-HB-80-02 assessments including process descriptions and process attribute indicators
- Conformance statement to the requirements in ISO/IEC 15504 Part 2
- A definition of the Process Reference Model (PRM) on which the ECSS-Q-HB-80-02 PAM is based (defined in ECSS-Q-HB-80-02 Part 1)
- Detailed traces from base practices in the ECSS-Q-HB-80-02 PAM to ECSS standards clauses and from ECSS-Q-HB-80-02 work products to ECSS expected outputs.
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This handbook supports following ECSS Standard: ECSS-Q-ST-80C – Software product assurance (6 March 2008).