2006
North America

Track 2 Session 3
1:10 to 2:20 p.m. Wednesday June 14, 2006

A Practical Toolkit for Predicting Software Reliability

The reliability and software community is in need of a simple, easy to execute toolkit for predicting software defects, failure rate and other reliability metrics. In order to be practical, it's essential that this toolkit:

  • Be usable by persons who are not software reliability experts
  • Be usable early in the project or program before the software code has been written
  • Be easy to execute and interpret
  • Have the ability to combine the software reliability prediction with the system reliability prediction
  • Have the ability to define the resources required to achieve a specific reliability goal

The author will present such a toolkit as well as tips and lessons learned. The toolkit has step by step instructions for predicting software defects, failure rate, MTTF, availability, reliability, and the resources required to achieve a specific reliability goal. The toolkit does not require any proprietary software or publications.

Key Words: Software Reliability, Prediction, Management

Ann Marie Neufelder
SoftRel
Portland, Oregon