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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, June 2008; Volume 21, Issue 6 : Software Quality: Software Quality

By Johnstun, Kase

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Title: Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, June 2008; Volume 21, Issue 6 : Software Quality: Software Quality  
Author: Johnstun, Kase
Volume: Volume 21, Issue 6
Language: English
Subject: Government, Technology, Software Development
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, CrossTalk Journal Collection
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Publication Date:
2008
Publisher: Usaf Software Technology Support Center

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Humphrey, Capers Jones, Thomas D. Neff, Dr. Paul Anderson, D. Richard Kuhn, Dr. Yu Lei, Dr. Raghu Kacker, Dr. Jeffrey Voa, W. S. (2008). Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, June 2008; Volume 21, Issue 6 : Software Quality. Retrieved from http://www.worldebookfair.com/


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Description: As the software in today’s systems grow larger, it also contains more defects that adversely affect safety, security, and reliability of the systems. This article explains why the common test-and-fix software quality strategy is no longer adequate, and offers some suggestions for improvement; this article discusses two measures that have strong influences on the outcomes of software projects: defect potentials and defect removal efficiency, and relates the positive effects that can be achieved by increasing the defect removal efficiency to 95 percent and beyond; asking, “Would your company like to save $100,000 per day?” this article lists steps than can be taken to achieve that goal and more. The author draws on 15 years of experience in process improvement to sift through helpful tips including: not looking for a quick fix, keeping it short, and not reinventing the wheel; advanced static-analysis tools have been found to be effective at finding defects that jeopardize system safety and security. In this article, the author describes how these work and outlines their limitations; this article introduces new tools for automating the production of complete test cases covering up to 6-way combinations, going beyond the popular Pairwise testing. Pairwise (2-way) is low in cost, but is not sufficient for assurance of mission-critical software; the term software quality has many interpretations and meanings. The author helps readers understand the underlying considerations that underscore software quality. Software quality is a lot more than standards, metrics models, and testing, and the mystique behind this elusive area is explored.

Summary
Summary: CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, is an approved U.S. Department of Defense journal. CrossTalk's mission is to encourage the engineering development of software in order to improve the reliability, sustainability, and responsiveness of our warfighting capability and to inform and educate readers on up-to-date policy decisions and new software engineering technologies.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Software Quality: The Software Quality Challenge; by Watts S. Humphrey. As the software in today’s systems grow larger, it also contains more defects that adversely affect safety, security, and reliability of the systems. This article explains why the common test-and-fix software quality strategy is no longer adequate, and offers some suggestions for improvement -- Measuring Defect Potentials and Defect Removal Efficiency; by Capers Jones. This article discusses two measures that have strong influences on the outcomes of software projects: defect potentials and defect removal efficiency, and relates the positive effects that can be achieved by increasing the defect removal efficiency to 95 percent and beyond -- Quality Processes Yield Quality Products; by Thomas D. Neff. Asking, “Would your company like to save $100,000 per day?” this article lists steps than can be taken to achieve that goal and more. The author draws on 15 years of experience in process improvement to sift through helpful tips including: not looking for a quick fix, keeping it short, and not reinventing the wheel -- Software Engineering Technology: The Use and Limitations of Static-Analysis Tools to Improve Software Quality; by Dr. Paul Anderson. Advanced static-analysis tools have been found to be effective at finding defects that jeopardize system safety and security. In this article, the author describes how these work and outlines their limitations -- Automated Combinatorial Test Methods--Beyond Pairwise Testing; by D. Richard Kuhn, Dr. Yu Lei, and Dr. Raghu Kacker. This article introduces new tools for automating the production of complete test cases covering up to 6-way combinations, going beyond the popular Pairwise testing. Pairwise (2-way) is low in cost, but is not sufficient for assurance of mission-critical software -- Open Forum: Software Quality Unpeeled; by Dr. Jeffrey Voas. The term software quality has many interpretations and meanings. The author helps readers understand the underlying considerations that underscore software quality. Software quality is a lot more than standards, metrics models, and testing, and the mystique behind this elusive area is explored.

 

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