Customers in the new millennium increasingly expect on-time delivery of high-quality software products for their needs. This focus on quality requires industries and organizations to define a reliable software development infrastructure conducive to consistently producing quality software. Only through a pragmatic software-quality strategy will companies be able to remain competitive and focused. "A Practical Approach to Software Quality" offers a comprehensive introduction to software quality and useful guidance on implementing a dependable quality system within an industry or organization. Written from a practitioners viewpoint, the book explains the principles of software quality management and software process improvement. It reconciles theory with practice, supporting the fundamentals with description of current approaches of software engineers to build quality into software. Chapters address software inspections and testing, the ISO 9000 standard and the SPICE standard, the Capability Maturity Model, metrics and problem solving, and formal methods and design. Topics and features: * Inclusive presentation of central issues in software quality management * Provides in-depth material on using assessments to assist with organizational improvements; includes CMM, SPICE, and ISO 9000: 2000 * Detailed coverage of software process improvement * Broad discussion of software inspections and testing, including testing in an E-commerce environment * Presents software usability and usability standards (ISO 9241 and ISO 13407), as well as the SUMI methodology for assessing usability * Describes adaptable organization metrics and how the Balanced scorecard and GQM can assist organizations in identifying the right metrics With its accessible and concise style, and emphasis on the practical aspects of software-quality enhancement, this new book is an excellent resource for learning about the subject and its impact on organizations. Software engineering practitioners and professionals will find the book an essential tool, as will researchers and students seeking an introduction to the field.
By bringing together various current directions, Software Project Management in a Changing World focuses on how people and organizations can make their processes more change-adaptive. The selected chapters closely correspond to the project management knowledge areas introduced by the Project Management Body of Knowledge, including its extension for managing software projects.
The contributions are grouped into four parts, preceded by a general introduction. Part I "Fundamentals" provides in-depth insights into fundamental topics including resource allocation, cost estimation and risk management. Part II "Supporting Areas" presents recent experiences and results related to the management of quality systems, knowledge, product portfolios and global and virtual software teams. Part III "New Paradigms" details new and evolving software-development practices including agile, distributed and open and inner-source development. Finally, Part IV "Emerging Techniques" introduces search-based techniques, social media, software process simulation and the efficient use of empirical data and their effects on software-management practices.This book will attract readers from both academia and practice with its excellent balance between new findings and experience of their usage in new contexts. Whenever appropriate, the presentation is based on evidence from empirical evaluation of the proposed approaches. For researchers and graduate students, it presents some of the latest methods and techniques to accommodate new challenges facing the discipline. For professionals, it serves as a source of inspiration for refining their project-management skills in new areas.
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