The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is an IT industry leadership group that develops international standards for automating the measurement of software size and software structural quality from system source code. The consortium was launched to address the challenge of standardizing the measurement of IT software quality and to promote a market-based ecosystem to support its deployment. The software measurement standards written by CISQ enable IT and business leaders to measure the risk IT applications pose to the business and estimate the cost of ownership. Members are IT executives from the Global 2000, systems integrators, outsourced service providers, and software technology vendors.
Jointly organized by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University and the Object Management Group (OMG), CISQ is a neutral forum in which customers and suppliers of IT application software can develop an industry-wide agenda for defining, measuring, and improving IT software quality. Government and industry needs standard, automated measures for evaluating software size and quality from source code because manual measurement is infeasible for large multi-layer, multi-language, multi-platform systems. The standards are targeted at static code analysis tools and used to manage the security, reliability and resiliency of software and software-intensive systems developed internally or by IT service providers.
To deploy the standards, CISQ hosts outreach events, influences policy, and briefs analysts and the media on software quality. CISQ hosts the Cyber Resilience Summit in Washington, DC to influence the cybersecurity and resilience of mission-critical federal applications. CISQ submits position papers and requests for information regarding policy to several U.S. government agencies such as NIST, DoD, and the SEC. CISQ plans to develop a certification program to enable IT organizations to certify the structural quality of IT software they develop or acquire. The work that CISQ undertakes is underwritten by program sponsors.
CISQ was launched in August 2009 by 24 founders including SEI and OMG. The founders of CISQ are Paul D. Nielsen, Director and CEO of SEI and Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO of OMG. Bill Curtis, the co-author of the CMM framework is CISQ's first Executive Director. Software measurement and productivity expert Capers Jones is a CISQ Distinguished Advisor.
In May 2013, CISQ reached 500 members.
In September 2015, OMG adopted the Automated Quality Characteristic Measure specifications for measuring and managing the Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency and Maintainability of software.
In October 2016, OMG adopted the Automated Enhancement Point specification for software sizing.
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