Software Quality Professional Overview - December 2002 - ASQ

Software Quality Professional Overview - December 2002


Rob Hendriks, Erik van Veenendaal, and Robert van Vonderen open this issue with a case study from the industrial development of copier/printer controller software. "Measuring Software Product Quality" presents their method of using risk assessment to identify the most important quality characteristics and then to measure those software characteristics in a standard format. The result: a more rigorous process for making the decision to release a given product, based on more than simple defect counts and the subjective perception of stakeholders.

Next, Pieter Botman and Ray Schneider have collaborated to present a special feature: an
extended review of eight books in the "Extreme Programming (Members Only)" series. In these volumes extreme programming is explained, explored, examined, and planned, as well as installed, applied, put into practice, and questioned (as the titles of the books indicate). Some of the books are more reference works, while some have a more practical bent. Through it all, our two reviewers provide their understanding of the viewpoints, utility, and relative strengths of these treatments.

"Soft Factors Affecting Software Quality (Members Only)" by Fred J. Heemstra and Rob J. Kusters addresses the influence of behavioral and organizational factors on the quality of business software. Quality “drivers” such as motivation, commitment, experience, working conditions, and organizational culture are considered. Their article may be seen as a plea to learn from other disciplines and to pay more attention to what are regarded as the “soft” factors in the “hard” software world.

What is the purpose of a "Defect Tracking and Management Process (Members Only)?" David Fern offers his experiences in a Practitioner Notes article by that name. He tracks the process from defect detection and reporting through defect evaluation and finally to defect repair, retest, and closure. His organization’s use of the tools and procedures described provided status accounting and allowed defects to be triaged and properly addressed in a systematic fashion.
As usual, we conclude with a wide range of reviews of books that span the body of knowledge established for the ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer.

Software Quality Professional

Taz Daughtrey
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

Associate Editors
Sue Carroll
Cary, North Carolina

Paul R. Croll
Computer Sciences Corporation
King George, Virginia

Beth Layman
Melbourne Beach, Florida

Stanley H. Levinson
Framatome ANP, Inc.
Lynchburg, Virginia

John Pustaver
Oracle Corp.
Burlington, Massachusetts

William Tony

Manuscript Coordinator
Dave Nelsen

Copy Editors
Leigh Ann Klaus
Kris McEachern

Production Administrator
Cathy Schnackenberg

Graphic Designer
Mary Uttech

Digital Production Specialist
Laura Franceschi

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