The development process element refers to the process by which the
contractor proposes to satisfy the customer's requirements. The process is the
sequence of steps - the inputs, out-puts, actions, validation criteria, and
monitoring activities - leading from the initial requirement specification to
the final delivered product. The development process includes such phases as
requirements analysis, product definition, product creation, testing, and
delivery. It includes both general management processes such as costing,
schedule tracking, and personnel assignment, and also project-specific
processes such as feasibility studies, design reviews, and regression
This element groups risks that result from a development process that is
inadequately planned, defined and documented; that is not suited to the
activities necessary to accomplish the project goals; and that is poorly
communicated to the staff and lacks enforced usage.
Formality of the development process is a function of the degree to which a
consistent process is defined, documented, and communicated for all aspects
and phases of the development.
Suitability refers to the adequacy with which the selected development
model, process, methods and tools support the scope and type of activities
required for the specific program.
c) Process Control
Process control refers not only to ensuring usage of the defined process by
program personnel, but also to the measurement and improvement of the process
based on observation with respect to quality and productivity goals. Control
may be complicated due to distributed development sites.
Familiarity with the development process covers knowledge of, experience
in, and comfort with the prescribed process.
e) Product Control
Product control is dependent on traceability of requirements from the
source specification through implementation, such that the product test will
demonstrate the source requirements. The change control process makes use of
the traceability mechanism in impact analyses and reflects all resultant
document modifications including interface and test