Software Standards and Their Impact in Reducing Software Failures

Submission Deadline: 15 March 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Software Standards and Their Impact in Reducing Software Failures.

The need to develop software, for diverse reasons, is growing every passing day; therefore, the emphasis on the maturity of the software process is increasing. A maturity model is seen as a set of structured levels, which accurately describe the behaviours, practices and processes of an organization which can reliably and sustainably produce the required outcomes. The maturity process is observed by technological measures that can ensure that the software is properly documented, adequately developed and tested, and rationally deployed in such a way that the process is completed successfully. Several standards exist, including IEEE Standards and SEI’s Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for software process maturity assessment and risk management. These models use a multi-level scale to measure the maturity of the process.

The outcome of the maturity process should be a more efficient and successful delivery of completed software and a reduction in failed projects. Unfortunately, this is not what the software success/failure statistics reveal. Standish group, for example, has reported that, despite the improvements in software process maturity, only 30% of projects are completed successfully, while 50%face challenges and the remaining 20% are absolute failures. Such a big proportion of failures damages the firm reputation and harms future business, which in return may damage the investments and the job market may squeeze accordingly. It is therefore important to identify why improvements in the software development process are not showing considerable results. It is also important to identify the limitations and challenges that hinder the deployment of innovative standards and norms for developing quality software.

This Special Section in IEEE Access aims to identify original contributions that help us identifying and reducing software failures by addressing the development activities or by addressing the software process as a whole. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Impact of deviation from software standards
  • Challenges in agile software development
  • Critique on agile software development paradigm
  • Challenges in achieving and adopting higher CMM/CMMI levels
  • Software sizing and effort estimation
  • Social media as an influencer in software requirement engineering
  • Software risk management and quality assurance
  • Software testing guidelines for large scale projects
  • Organizational, Operation, and Project Management
  • Innovative software engineering standards
  • Software engineering in social sciences
  • Software standards for mobile applications
  • Crowdsourcing standards and challenges
  • Projects management for large scale and very large scale software projects

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Associate Editor: Basit Shahzad, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Guest Editors:

  1. Hany Ammar, West Virginia University, USA
  2. Naveed Ikram, Riphah International University, Pakistan
  3. Ali Shariq Imran, NTNU, Norway
  4. Zohaib Zafar Iqbal, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan
  5. Denis Ávila Montini, Researcher Institute Technological of Aeronautics (ITA), Brazil


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IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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