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Driving Forces for Success

Uncertainty and risk weigh in the decision to outsource, or not to outsource. In this article, Jay Boyle provides useful information and tips for knowing when to outsource and making the right decision when selecting an outsource vendor.

Jay Boyle
A Selection of "Our Take" Columns

"Our Take" is a regular column from the editors at Software Quality Engineering. It appears in the twice-monthly StickyLetter since its inception in September 2000 (originally "STQe-Letter"). From jazz music, to car troubles, to the Lewis and Clark expedition, Robert Rose-Coutré, former StickyMinds.com Editor, will use anything to make a point about building better software. The editors at Software Quality Engineering have compiled a collection of some of these pieces. Musings from StickyLetter's "Our Take" are presented here.

Robert Rose-Coutre's picture Robert Rose-Coutre
Bug Counts vs. Test Coverage

Occasionally, we encounter projects where bug counts simply aren't as high as we expect. Perhaps the product under test is in its second or third release cycle, or maybe the development team invested an inordinate amount of time in unit testing. Whatever the reason, low bug counts can be a cause of concern because they can indicate that pieces of functionality (which potentially contain bugs) are being missed. When low bug counts are encountered, management may begin to wonder about the quality of testing. This article covers techniques for dealing with low bug counts, and methods for reassuring management that coverage is being achieved.

Andrew Lance
Make Your Point—Without Pointing a Finger

When errors are not detected during testing, somewhere down the line someone has to take responsibility. In this column, Linda Hayes shows you when and how to do so—and you might even be able to turn the situation to your advantage.

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
V & V Lifecycle Methodologies

This paper introduces a new notion called Verification & Validation (V&V) Lifecycle Methodologies, examining what V&V is, and expanding its scope to the entire software lifecycle (much beyond traditional methods of software testing). V&V is recast in a much more holistic definition and approach, based on a rapidly maturing V&V discipline, solid empirical data, and recent innovations in metrics-based software quality and reliability management and engineering.

David Rico
How to Save Your Software Project

The software project gone awry is a familiar theme in columns and articles on this site. In this column, Elisabeth Hendrickson uses her knack for observation to draw relevant lessons from seventeenth-century naval history. Read her advice on how to save your project from sinking.

Elisabeth Hendrickson's picture Elisabeth Hendrickson
Requirements Workshop Quick Debrief (template)

This template is used for guiding a debrief (retrospective) of a requirements workshop. The facilitator can replicate this template on a poster or wall and guide the discussion to "fill up" each slot in the template.

Ellen Gottesdiener's picture Ellen Gottesdiener
Requirement #1: Ask Honest Questions

To get good requirements, you have to ask good questions. But what makes good questions, and how can you use them to systematically uncover requirements? In this column, Becky Winant shares the art and science behind asking questions that work.

Becky Winant
Categorizing Defects by Eliminating "Severity" and "Priority"

With all of the advancements in defect tracking systems within the past few years, companies are still using the same ambiguous, canned fields known as Severity and Priority to categorize their defects. Let's examine a better way to assign importance to a defect.

Brian Beaver
What Does It Cost to Fix a Defect?

We all have different attitudes and policies toward finding and fixing defects. The choice about whether and when to fix defects depends upon many factors, one of the least understood being the actual cost of fixing a defect. In this column, testing expert Johanna Rothman shares a formula for calculating the system test cost to fix defects and how to factor that into the bigger picture of your project.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman

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