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A GQM Based Approach towards the Development of Metrics for Software Safety

Kotti Jayasri1 and Panchumarthy Seetharamaiah2
  • 1 GMR Institute of Technology, India
  • 2 Andhra University, India


Software sometimes safety-critical if it resides in a safety-critical computer systems and it causes or contributes to hazards. Therefore, Safety-critical software intensive systems require verification and validation to confirm that they function as per the safety requirements. Software Safety is a combination of many factors. Metrics are commonly used in engineering as measures for the performance of a system on a given attribute. This paper presents a methodology for software safety framework based on Goal-Question-Metric (GQM) Approach. The proposed methodology was applied to a safety-critical Railroad Crossing Control System (RCCS) which is a laboratory prototype. The outcomes of the prototype are satisfactory and observed that safety risks are within the acceptable threshold level.

Journal of Computer Science
Volume 11 No. 6, 2015, 813-820


Submitted On: 10 January 2015 Published On: 30 September 2015

How to Cite: Jayasri, K. & Seetharamaiah, P. (2015). A GQM Based Approach towards the Development of Metrics for Software Safety. Journal of Computer Science, 11(6), 813-820.

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  • Safety Metrics
  • Safety Metrics Framework
  • Hazard Analysis
  • GQM and RCCS