Purpose of an Independent QA Audit

by Nataliia Vasylyna | March 25, 2011 10:00 am

The Software Engineering Institute/Capability Maturity Model (SEI CMM) describes periodic independent audits of the QA activities and work products of an organization’s QA group.  This is specifically stated in the SQA key process area of CMM under verification.

The intent of the Independent QA Audit[1] is to examine the organizational  QA activities and associated work products to determine if they adhere to the defined QA processes for the organization.  The documented processes need to be defined to comply with the goals and supporting common features and key practices of the SEI CMM model for all QA activities of the organization.  The CMM describes QA activities not only within the SQA Key Process Area (KPA), but also within other KPAs, where verification by the QA groups is indicated in Software Configuration Management and Software Project Tracking and Oversight.

Objectives of an Independent QA Audit

The objectives of an Independent QA Audit are to:

The Independent QA Audit is not in place to provide findings indicating achievement of or rejection of a particular CMM maturity level, or readiness of an organization to achieve a maturity level, but works in concert with other CMM verification activities.  Maturity level judgement is only recognized and accomplished through an authorized SEI assessment such as a CBA IPI.

Criteria for these Independent QA Audits are modeled to map to the CMM, and have been created as an aid for use by Internal QA Auditors.

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Endnotes:
  1. Independent QA Audit: https://qatestlab.com/solutions/by-development-stage/independent-testing/
  2. How independent testing helped to win the court (Real Case!): https://blog.qatestlab.com/2019/01/31/independent-testing-court/
  3. Difference Between QA and Testing: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2011/04/07/what-is-the-difference-between-qa-and-testing/
  4. Outsourcing, Outstaffing and Independent QA: What is the Difference?: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2019/05/29/outsourcing-outstaffing-independent-qa/
  5. Game Software Testing: How Independent Testing Complements in-house QA: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2019/04/30/independent-in-house-testing/
  6. Before release: How focus testing helped to reveal critical bugs: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2019/03/11/e-learning-focus-testing/

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