Quick Start to Quality - Five Important Test Support Practices

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Summary:

Sometimes, the test group has to use short cuts, partial implementations, and even a clandestine approach to get things done. Practical strategies used at several software organizations have quickly improved product quality by addressing five critical development practices.

Testers understand the virtues of clear requirements, effective configuration management, software inspections and reviews, project planning, and project tracking.

But how does the test group influence an immature organization to improve in these areas?

Sometimes, the test group has to use short cuts, partial implementations, and even a clandestine approach to get things done. Practical strategies used at several software organizations have quickly improved product quality by addressing five critical development practices.

About the author

Louise Tamres's picture Louise Tamres

Louise Tamres has over 20 years experience in software engineering, specializing in software testing and software process improvement. Ms. Tamres has established software quality initiatives at large medical imaging, telecommunications, automotive, and machine vision companies. An enthusiastic speaker, she has taught many courses in software quality principles and methods. She is the founding member of Ann Arbor Software Quality Professionals, a group that meets regularly in southeastern Michigan. Her frequent role in mentoring fledgling testers led to the development of her book Introducing Software Testing published by Addison-Wesley. Ms. Tamres received her BS and MS degrees from the University of Michigan. She is an IEEE and ASQ member, and an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer.

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