DO-178 Software Development & Certification
What Phase is Your DO-178 Project In?
Project Planning Phase
At the start of the DO-178 Software Development Lifecycle, the objective of the DO-178 Planning Phase must be addressed for compliance. [DO-178B Table A-1] This Software Planning Process involves creating plans and standards to govern the development, verification, configuration management, quality assurance, and delivery of software in compliance with DO-178 guidelines. In this phase, the Software Development Plan (SDP), Plan for Software Aspects of Certification (PSAC), Software Quality Assurance Plan (SQAP), Software Configuration Management Plan (SCMP), Software Verification Plan (SVP), and Software Requirements, Design & Coding Standards (SRDCS) documents are written and reviewed in preparation for the first Stage of Involvement (SOI) Audit with the Certification Authority. These documents are explained in further detail below.
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Plan for Software Aspects of Certification (PSAC)
The purpose of the PSAC is to provide the primary means used by the Certification Authority for determining whether an applicant is proposing a software lifecycle that is commensurate with the rigor required for the DAL of software being developed (DO-178B Section 11.1). The PSAC should include the following, at a minimum:
- System Overview
- Software Overview
- Certification Considerations
- Software Lifecycle
- Software Lifecycle Data
- Additional Considerations
Software Development Plan (SDP)
The purpose of the SDP is to identify the objectives, standards, and software lifecycle(s) to be used in the software development processes, ref. DO-178B Section 11.2. It can be included in the PSAC and should contain the following, at a minimum:
- Software Lifecycle
- Software Development Environment
Software Verification Plan (SVP)
The SVP is a description of the verificatio