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Design for Trustworthy Software: Tools, Techniques, and Methodology of Developing Robust Software by Bijay K. Jayaswal, Peter C. Patton

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Chapter 13. Risk Assessment and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis in Software

The current system cost trend is approaching software domination over hardware ... the relative frequency could be as high as 100:1 software to hardware failures.

Way Kuo

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did.

Mark Twain

Overview

Risk of failure in software products can be estimated by Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and potential failures eliminated by Software Failure Tree Analysis (SFTA). FMEA was developed by the Germans for the V1 rocket bomb program and later was applied more generally by the defense industry worldwide and more recently by the automotive industry. We find ...

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