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Why Software Quality Assurance Practices Become Evil!
By Gregory M. Pope
Summary: Are your organization's software quality assurance practices (SQA) working well? Would some developers even say they cause discomfort or are destructive? If so, maybe you are focusing too much on the processes and not enough on the underlying principles. Based on his 35 years of being involved in almost every aspect of the software development business from programmer to CEO, Greg Pope shares his eight principles for good software. You'll learn about a quantitative, risk-based approach to tailor these principles into appropriate practices. By employing a context-driven approach to select the right practices for each application and project, you'll go along way toward making customers and developers appreciate the value and benefits of SQA principles and practices. • Symptoms of "evil" SQA practices • Eight principles for good software development • A matrix of principles and practices to apply based on risk
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This paper was originally presented at STAREAST 2004 a conference produced by Software Quality Engineering. For more information on this conference, visit the current STAREAST website.
About the Author
Gregory M. Pope is a Software Quality Engineer at the University of California Lawrence Livermore Laboratory supporting Advanced Simulation using Large Scale Parallel Computing. Mr. Pope has worked in a variety of capacities at virtually all levels of software development and testing. He began his career developing software used to test jet engines and helicopters. He later worked in the defense industry, testing mission-critical software for military and space applications. Working in the private sector, he has developed and patented techniques for computer-aided testing. Among his inventions is the Ferret, a highly regarded software-testing tool manufactured and marketed by his former company.
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