Abstract: Acquiring Trustworthy Software with Software Quality Measurement Standards


Lev Lesokhin
EVP Strategy and Analytics, CAST
Governing Board Member, CISQ


Outsourcing software development has been challenging and many customers are forced to accept claims of capability based on evaluation of a process standard such as CMM or CMMI.  Process standards have not proven sufficient for evaluating the quality of delivered software and systems. In 2010 the Consortium for IT Software Quality was formed to develop international standards for evaluating the quality of a software system from measuring flaws in its source code. CISQ measures for software Reliability, Security, Performance Efficiency, and Maintainability have now been approved as standards by the Object Management Group (OMG), an international IT standards organization. These standards are based on detecting and measuring severe violations of good architectural and coding practice in the source code of software systems. This talk will describe these measures and how they are being used by commercial and government organizations in acquiring Trustworthy software systems. Examples will be given of how the can be used in developing Requests for Proposals, system requirements, contractual quality targets, progress  monitoring of measurable quality objectives, and acceptance testing prior to deployment. The talk will end with a discussion of the use cases and limits of certifying software.



Learning Objectives:

  • New international standards for measuring software Reliability, Security, Performance Efficiency, & Maintainability
  • Evaluating acquired software source code to ensure trustworthy, dependable, cost effective systems
  • Using software measurement standards in RFPs, requirements, monitoring, and acceptance processes
  • Certifying the Trustworthiness of acquired software against international software measurement standards


Speaker Bio:

Lev Lesokhin is responsible for strategy, cyber resilience policy, and analytics research activities for CAST, the global leader in software analytics and risk prevention. He serves on the boards of the Consortium for IT Software Quality and the TMMI Foundation, and appears in such media as the BBC, Bloomberg, CBS, The Times, and CNBC.


Lev has many years of direct experience as a developer and manager of application development teams, and managed large client relationships for a regional Systems Integrator. Lev comes to CAST from SAP, where he helped launch SAP’s first SaaS products. He also served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, dealing with issues of business strategy, IT management, governance, metrics, supply chains and outsourcing. Lev holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.



This talk will be delivered at the Outsourcing World Summit (OWS) 19, February 17-20, 2019 in Orlando, FL, USA.