As Software Quality Professional concludes its first two years of publication, I would like to share some observations with our readers.
The launch and growth of SQP have been recognized as a major success by ASQ. Each quarterly issue has been produced on time and has received positive reception by readers. Our financial situation is positive at the current levels of income and expense.
The SQP Web site began with the posting of the entire September 1999 issue. Selected portions of each subsequent issue plus one full article have been posted, as has supplemental material not included in the print journal. Again this September we are posting the entire journal contents, which includes the annual cumulative index.
A reader survey form is also provided at the Web site. We hope to receive increasingly more comprehensive feedback by which to improve the journals usefulness to its readers.
Subscription numbers and submissions have flattened after initial gratifying growth, and both need aggressive efforts to increase. We are planning special subscription offers, such as a reduced-price new subscription for those registering at the upcoming Software Division conference. We also plan to contact members of other professional societies with similar special offers.
Rick Biehl has resigned as the associate editor responsible for the Resource Reviews section. I want to express my appreciation for his contributions during the formative years of the journal and wish him well. Sue Carroll, past chair of the Software Division, has agreed to take on this responsibility. We will be strengthening the function by establishing a dedicated pool of reviewers of books and other resource materials.
Our editorial volunteers have been working for up to three years on this project. Most members of the Editorial Board have indicated their wish to remain active after serving their initial agreed-upon term. I owe all of them, as well as our associate editors and manuscript reviewers, my sincere appreciation.
Of course SQP would not be possible without the unfailing devotion of ASQ staff members who handle publicity, manuscripts, copy editing, production, and all the other necessary functions. Thanks to all my colleagues in Milwaukee.
Editor in Chief