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Providing Quality of Information Projects


Author: Bergmann Ran
Degree:doctor of informatics
Speciality: 01.05.01 - Theoretical foundation of computer science; programming
Year:2020
Scientific advisers: Tudor Brăgaru
doctor, associate professor (docent), Moldova State University
Gheorghe Căpăţână
doctor, professor, Moldova State University
Institution: Moldova State University

Status

Term of presenting of the thesis 23 September, 2020

Abstract

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Thesis

CZU [004.4.05 + 004.94] (043)

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190 pages


Keywords

Information Project (IP), Information System (IS), Software, Quality of IP, Quality characteristics, Quality standards, Generic Quality Metamodel, Tailored Model of Quality, Quality Management System (QMS)

Summary

The structure of the thesis: The thesis consists of Introduction, 4 main chapters, Conclusions and recommendations, Bibliography of 167 titles. The main text amounts up to 161 pages, includes 55 figures, 16 tables, 16 formulas, and 9 annexes. The obtained results of the thesis were published in 10 scientific papers, with a total volume over 4 sheets of author.

Research Goal and Objectives. The aim of this thesis is to provide quality of IPs. The objectives of thesis are described as follows: developing the generic quality metamodel, which integrates the knowledge about known quality models, quality factors, and the best practices, presented on the actual international standards; identifying of the quality factors, and building the tailored/specific quality models, obtained from generic quality metamodel; assessing of quality along lifecycle; specify the requirement, develop a software application to support for metamodel administration, generation of tailored models and quality assessment, as part of the Project Management Office (PMO), with the implementation of results in an organization.

The scientific novelty and originality are reflected in a new approach for continuous assessment and improvement of IPs quality along lifecycle based on combination between modern Agile development methodology and tailored quality models, obtained from generic metamodel and in an original digital application/tool for support of new approach.

The important scientific solved problem in the research: new approach opens up the possibility to define the quality of IPs at the conceptual level, creating the basis for the subsequent formal assessment of the degree of compliance of the developed IPs with the quality requirements.

The theoretical significance is confirmed by the analysis, generalization and determination of the theoretical principles of a new approach for the continuous process of assessing the quality of IP throughout the project life cycle, based on the combination and relationship between the Deming quality improvement model, adaptable quality models and the modern Agile development methodology.

The applicative value. The new assessment approach for quality factors, generic metamodel, tailored models, measurement functions – all of these have been realized in a software application tool IPMS - Information Project Management System, as extension for the PMO. The proposed approach and elaborated application have huge potential for software industry in reducing significantly the time and cost of quality assessment of IPs and improvement of quality.

The implementation of the results. The new assessment approach and the realized software tool are implemented in "WGS", Israel (Annex 5) and in the study process of the Moldova State University (Annex 6). However, these results also can be directly used by any other organizations concerned with IP development and/or by researchers and students of other educational institutions at software engineering disciplines. 9