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IEEE/ISO/IEC 24774-2021

ISO/IEC/IEEE International Standard -Systems and software engineering - Life cycle management--Specification for process description

A number of international, national and industry standards describe processes and process models. Process models are developed for a range of purposes including process implementation and assessment. In order for users of standards to select the appropriate forms of process description and apply them in a consistent fashion, it is desirable to develop a common characterization of all of these forms of process description. This document presents requirements for the description of processes in terms of their format, content and level of prescription. Because of the wide usage of process descriptions, process elements are categorized as "Required" or "Optional". Although developed within ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC7 - Systems and software engineering, the requirements of this document can be applied to any process model or description developed for any purpose.

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Systems and software engineering -- Software life cycle processes

This document establishes a common framework for software life cycle processes, with well defined terminology, that can be referenced by the software industry. It contains processes, activities, and tasks that are to be applied during the acquisition of a software system, product or service and during the supply, development, operation, maintenance and disposal of software products. This is accomplished through the involvement of stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of achieving customer satisfaction. Software includes the software portion of firmware. This document includes those aspects of system definition needed to provide the context for software systems and services. This document also provides processes that can be employed for defining, controlling, and improving software life cycle processes within an organization or a project.

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Systems and Software Engineering -- Life Cycle Management -- Part 4: Systems Engineering Management Planning

ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, Systems and software engineering -- System life cycle processes, provides a common process framework covering the life cycle of human-made systems, from the conception of ideas through to the retirement of a system. It provides the processes for acquiring and supplying systems. In addition, this framework provides for the assessment and improvement of the life cycle processes. This common framework improves communication and cooperation among the parties that create, utilize, and manage modern systems in order that they can work in an integrated, coherent fashion. The acquisition or supply of a system is usually done within a project. A project prepares and implements the technical planning, resources and schedules necessary to guide the project toward accomplishment of its objectives and proper conclusion. The project's authorization and objectives are documented in an information item identified as a Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP). This document defines a SEMP as the key vehicle for representing a project's application of systems life cycle processes. In this document, the terms technical planning and systems engineering planning are used interchangeably to emphasize or differentiate technical contributions in the processes under discussion.

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