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Why isn't software as reliable as a car?

I had a user ask me this question. We know that cars break down, but that's because of something physical (unless software is involved!). I tried to answer that software is a much younger industry, ...
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QA Analyst Pre-Screening Questionnaire [closed]

Despite my work experience, I've always hated "written tests", ever since the beginning of my own public education. I'd like to know other Quality Analyst's answers to the following questions as it ...
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General checklist before releasing software [closed]

I'm currently building a tool that my company intends to sell. I'm the sole developer on the project and it is being developed outside our normal code base and to a certain extent outside our normal ...
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Role of Quality Assurance (Not testing!) in Agile

From Wikipedia: Quality Assurance refers to administrative and procedural activities implemented in a quality system so that requirements and goals for a product, service or activity will be ...
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Why is quality engineering difficult? [duplicate]

In quality engineering there are 3 phases: 1.quality assurance 2.quality control 3.quality measurement Quality Engineering is defined as “the branch of engineering which deals with the ...
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How can I improve quality on SQL reports?

I've recently ran into some issues where some reports were not generating the proper results. We already have a QA department that reviews the reports and then our business owners review them as well; ...
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How to apply verification and validation on the following example

I have been following verification and validation questions here with my colleagues, yet we are unable to see the slight differences, probably caused by language barrier in technical English. An ...
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How can QA prevent defects?

Also according to Software Testing By Srinisvasan Desikan, Gopalaswamy Ramesh or ISTQB text books. Quality assurance is e.g. reviewing products, inspections, walkthroughs to see if all standards are ...
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How do you get developers to want to write good code they can be proud of? [closed]

In a team of developers, how do you get the developers to feel pride in their code and write good code (I realize this is subjective and everyone is different, but there is a point when I write code ...
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How to create a “cult of quality” [closed]

DeMarco and Lister (Peopleware) suggest you create a "cult of quality" within your programming team. Frustratingly, they don't suggest how you go about doing that! Anyone got any thoughts on how to ...
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Is is reasonable to be asked to record defect culpability? [duplicate]

I fear this question is going to send shivers down the spine, and/or instinctive anathema of the very thought... Basically: has anyone ever been asked to diagnose and assign individual culpability to ...
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Do I have to be skilled in advanced theoretical problem solving to become a good programmer? [closed]

I have been doing programming for about a couple of years. I am currently in University 2nd year. In most universities here, the problem solving from sites like uva.onlinejudge.org and ...
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How to Deal With The “Automation is Easy” Mindset?

The title says it all. Some employees in our company believe that automated tests are "easy" and that it "should take a day" to write suites of COM and UI tests. What can be done to counter this? ...
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Is there any work into the application of the Halstead complexity measures to determine software quality?

In 1977, Maurice Howard Halstead introduced his complexity measures for software systems, which included measurements of the program vocabulary, program length, volume, difficulty, effort, and an ...
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Are “Compile to JavaScript” Frameworks Hostile to Continuous Integration?

Lately we've been looking at ways to improve automated testing and related tooling of our enterprise-level GWT web app. I've realized that in some ways, GWT is a bit hostile to automated testing, ...
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Clean readable code vs fast hard to read code. When to cross the line?

When I write code I always try to make my code as clean and readable as possible. Every now and then there comes a time when you need to cross the line and go from nice clean code to slightly uglier ...
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What's the most important feature of quality software? [closed]

This question is along the same lines as this one, but instead of talking about quality of code, I'm talking about the final product from the users' perspective. If you had limited time / budget, and ...
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Developer thinks they do not have to follow standard development process [duplicate]

How do you deal with a senior developer who does not think that the company standard way of developing software applies to them ? For instance: Will ask other developers to do work by email, ...
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Is there a measure of code rot? [duplicate]

I'm dealing, again, with a messy C++ application, tons of classes with confusing names, objects have pointers into each other and all over, longwinded Boost and STL data types, etc. (Pause and ...
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Is Software Testing Really Needed?

I'm a student working on my B.E(CS) and my question is the following: Is testing in the software field needed? If we create a software with great care, then why should we test? After testing can ...
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How to organize the quality testing of a large website?

I developed a pretty big website. I tested it myself to the best of my ability, but I cannot test all scenarios that my users may run in to. I found a testing team in India, but they don't seem to ...
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Is the average number of bugs per loc the same for different programming languages?

I have been told that the average number of bugs/defects per line of code is "constant" for different programming languages. 10 KLOC of Ruby would have the same number of bugs as 10 KLOC of c++. The ...
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Assuring Quality and Bug Fix speed in Open Source Python Project

I'm maintaining an open source framework (in Python on *nix platforms if that matters) for the first time in my life. It is pretty much pre-alpha, not much more then a scientific proof of concept, ...
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How can I apply Six Sigma in a software development environment? [closed]

I am a Java developer, but I was asked to learn about applying Six Sigma with the goal of increasing our organization's profits. I have read that Six Sigma can be applied in all environments, but I'm ...
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What is the difference between Static code analysis and code review?

I just wanted to know what the difference is between static code analysis and code review. How are each of these two done? More specifically, what are the tools available today for code review/static ...
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Shared QA responsibilities on an Agile team

For many years our IT development group subscribed to the waterfall software development methodology with segregated pods of programmers specializing in database development, logic layer and ...
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How would you quantify quality? [closed]

What should be the core functions of games which represents an excellent game? What quality goals it should achieve to become successful game? Any concise formed answer will get me on track.
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requirements for software quality for internally developed / shared software?

In environments where software is built internally by one team and then that software is used by other internal teams, how does one decide what the required quality should be for the produced ...
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Objective Metrics for Software Quality

There are various types of quality that can be measured in software products, e.g. fitness for purpose (e.g. end use), maintainability, efficiency. Some of these are somewhat subjective or domain ...
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How can I update a large legacy codebase to meet specific quality standards?

There is a lot of information about tools and techniques for improving legacy codebases, but I haven't come across any successful real world case studies. Most advice is on the micro level, and while ...
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Branch vs decision coverage question

ISTQB does not distinct between these (it reads "Branch/decision coverage") but some sources do say it is different. I would have two question. The essential one is about the difference. And the other ...
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What's the difference between fault, error and defect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between defect and bug in testing In computer science technical writing, especially in software engineering, what's the difference between fault, error and ...
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Outsourcing Quality Assurance and Testing [closed]

I was recently approached by a software firm that specializes in Quality Assurance and Testing. Up until this point, the developers at our (small) company have been responsible for their own QA for ...
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Quality Assurance activities [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Verification of requirements question Having asked but deleted the question as it was a bit misunderstood. If Quality Control is the actual testing, what are the ...
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Inspection, code review - is it really testing?

ISTQB, Wikipedia or other sources classify verification acitivities (reviews etc.) as a static testing, yet other do not. If we can say that peer reviews and inspections are actually a kind of a ...
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Are there architecture smells?

There are tons of resources on the web referring to and listing code smells. However, I've never seen information on architectural smells. Is this defined somewhere, and is there a list available? ...
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Are Verification and Validation both Quality Assurance and Quality Control?

Having read a book I found a note that verification and validation can be both quality assurance and quality control. I cannot see how it can be quality assurance because both just provide evidence ...
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Is there a formal definiton of software quality [closed]

I am looking for a formal definition of software quality. It is my understanding that ISO 25000 is intended to provide or measure the quality of a piece of software, but it doesn't appear ready yet ...
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Testing vs QA - output?

I was trying to find a relevant source of information for the above, but I failed. What is the output of software testing? Some say its "list of bugs", others say "answer whether or not the software ...
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Quality Assurance tools discrepancies

It is a bit ironic, yesterday I answered a question related to this topic that was marked to be good and today I'm the one who asks. These are my thoughts and a question: Also let's agree on the ...
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Why is it said that V-model introduces QA?

In several articles and books I learnt that "V-model introduced QA into SW development". I would like to understand the point of such statement, as from my understanding, V model activities ...
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System testing - making sure the system conforms to specification. Validation? [closed]

After weeks of research I have nearly completed my thesis, yet I am unable to clear up my confusion contained in all previous threads here (and in many books): During system testing, we check the ...
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Verification as QA - makes sense?

Preparing my thesis, I found another interesting discrepancy. While some books say verification it terms of static analysis of work products is quality control (looking for defects), other say it is ...
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How is quality important to the programmer, the person? [closed]

I didn't ask how the quality of the software is important to the product itself, the customers/users, the manager or the company. I want to know how it is important to the programmer that build it. ...
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What is the effect of creating unit tests during development on time to develop as well as time spent in maintenance activities?

I'm a consultant and I am going to introduce unit tests to all developers at my client site. My goal is to ensure that all new applications should have unit tests for all classes created. The client ...
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Functional testing in the verification

Yesterday my question How come verification does not include actual testing? created a lot of controversy, yet did not reveal the answer for related and very important question: does black box ...
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What is the term for a 'decoy' feature or intentional bug? [closed]

I have forgotten a slang programming term. This thing is an intentional bug or a decoy feature used as a distraction. An example usage, "Hey Bob, QA is doing a review today. Put a $THING into the ...
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Verification of requirements question

Doing a lot of reading about V&V, I would need to clarify the following. A lot of definitions (less formal ones found in books) define verification like that: Verification: The software should ...
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Dealing with engineers that frequently leave their jobs

My friend is a project manager for a software company. The most frustrating thing for him is that his engineers frequently leave their jobs. The company works hard to recruit new engineers, transfer ...
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How come verification does not include actual testing?

Having read a lot about this topic --- such as on this Software Testing Fundamentals site on verification and validation and Software Testing and Quality Assurance: Theory and Practice by Naik and ...