Inroads to Software Quality (Political Economy of Inst. & Decisions)

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This book provides a new perspective on software quality and software testing. Starting with the base of traditional methods of building software, it moves into a discussion of the Product Delivery Process. This is a well- defined disciplined quality process which is efficient, self-correcting, market-driven, and customer-oriented. It radically changes how software is built and delivered and eliminates the need to perform traditional functional testing. The authors present this new paradigm and show why it works and the tremendous positive effect is can have on software quality.

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Build in the Quality—Right from the Start!

Traditionally, software developers have not concerned themselves with quality issues until products were at the end of their coding cycles. Now, by applying Dr. W. Edwards Deming's chain approach, developers can plan for quality from the very beginning and implement it throughout the entire course of development.

The methods presented in Inroads to Software Quality will put you on the road to quality certification under:

  • ISO 9000
  • Six Sigma
  • SEI CMM levels 1Ð5
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards

The Product Delivery Process that lies at the heart of Inroads to Software Quality is self-correcting, market-driven, and customer-oriented. By focusing on Behavioral Testing—in place of traditional functional testing—you can make ongoing evaluation part of the cycle of continuous quality.

Inroads to Software Quality presents approximately 18 quality filters that provide timely and efficient feedback during all phases of development. You will learn how to adapt these filters to your own organization and products with a minimum of waste and rework. The flexibility of this approach allows it to be phased in gradually, without immediately dismantling your organization's existing structure.

The key themes of Process Assurance and Product Assurance underlie every aspect of the book. Individual sections offer thorough coverage of test planning and cycles; outsourcing; quality assurance standards, metrics, and reviews; and the standards and evaluation methods of the most popular quality assurance certifications.

The book's Process Improvement Roadmap explains the seven crucial steps for process improvement and presents a detailed plan for implementing them. Dozens of checklists and templates help you put the material to work right away. The accompanying diskette provides these checklists and a description of the major filters. It includes the configuration board impact assessment filter, criteria for code audits, the code audit filter, and much more!

Best of all, the authors present their concepts in a simple, user-friendly style. No statistics, no equations, just practical step-by-step explanations to help you make software development both more efficient and more responsive to user needs.

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