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DO-178B Gap Analysis

 

Gap Analysis is commonly performed in the DO-178B world to ascertain the current "gap" in your DO-178B compliance activities and also to leverage existing work products. A DO-178B Gap Analysis should assess and analyze existing software lifecycle processes. DO-178B Gap Analysis should then identify, explain, mitigate risks,and recommend activities to yield compliance to DO-178B. The purpose of this Gap Analysis (further detailed below), is to identify gaps, or shortcomings pertinent to DO-178B.
A DO-178B Gap Analysis can potentially be done by your own personnel, including quality assurance, systems engineering, software design, and software test. If these personnel have DO-178B experience on at least a few successfully certified projects, and have developed Gap Analysis protocols per DO-178B, then they can likely perform their own Gap Analysis. Otherwise, it is recommended that you procure outside DO-178B Gap Analysis services which are provided by several different independent services providers. When procuring DO-178B Gap Analysis services, be sure the provider has performed numerous DO-178B Gap Analyses for similar companies, and has full-time DERs employed who participate in the analysis. Click here to link to DO-178B Gap Analysis providers.
A DO-178B Gap Analysis should include the following activities:
Assessment of current engineering approach as such pertains to DO-178B, along with teh best tool choices to develop this specific product
Onsite analysis by senior avionics experts and/or FAA-certified Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs) of key personnel, plans, artifacts, work products, and strategies.
Onsite explanation by the Provider of key DO-178B aspects, project management practices, common risks and risk-mitigation techniques.
Detailed onsite and offsite analysis of artifacts against DO-178B Gap Analysis Checklists
High-level analysis of engineering capabilities and work-products as they pertain to DO-178B.
High-level analysis of current software products (requirements, design, code, tests) for potential DO-178B re-use, defining those that can be re-used, those that cannot, and the best means of filling the "gap".
High-level recommendations of the best 3rd party COTs tools to be deployed to improve your schedule, costs, and efficiency. These tools include design tools, code generation tools, development environments (compilers/linkers, debuggers, etc), CM tools, traceability, and software test tools.
High-level findings of DO-178B Gaps and strategies, and recommendations to fill these gaps
Recommendations to optimize engineering activities for:      
Improved schedule performance
Improved cost-effectiveness via reduced engineering expenditures
Improved certification success
         
Be sure your DO-178B Gap Analysis covers all the above. Click here to link to DO-178B Gap Analysis providers.

 

 

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