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Glossary of Software Testing/QA Terms
Source: The following definitions are taken from GLOSSARY OF COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TERMINOLOGY audit. (1) (IEEE) An independent examination of a work product or set of work products to assess compliance with specifications, standards, contractual agreements, or other criteria. See: functional configuration audit, physical configuration audit. (2) (ANSI) To conduct an independent review and examination of system records and activities in order to test the adequacy and effectiveness ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 4:55 AM | Filed Under [ Quality Software Testing CSTE Testing/QA-FAQ ]

Difference between Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Testing?
Many people and organizations are confused about the difference between quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC), and testing. They are closely related, but they are different concepts. But all these three are useful to manage risks of developing and managing software. Quality Assurance: A set of activities designed to ensure that the development and/or maintenance process is adequate to ensure a system will meet its objectives. Quality Control: A set of activities designed to evaluate a developed ......

Posted On Thursday, April 29, 2004 3:51 AM | Filed Under [ Quality Software Testing CSTE ]

Fighting Bad Test Documentation
Here is the greate post on Test Documentation by James Bach. Source: James Bach's Blog: Software Testing and Quality Archives A lot of people I teach seem to be under pressure to create more documents to describe their test process. But documenting is not testing. It is one of the chief distractions to testing. "James Bach hates documentation!", some people will say. No, I don't. I hate waste. I hate boring clerical work that unnecessarily interrupts productive and interesting intellectual work. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 10:01 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Quality Software Testing ]

What is Quality?
The definition of the term quality is an issue. Based interesting discussion of the meaning of Quality, a surprising number of people still think software quality is simply the absence of errors. Dictionary definitions are too vague to be of much help. The only relevant definition offered by the Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford, 1993), for instance, is peculiar excellence or superiority. Noteworthy here is that quality cannot be discussed for something in isolation: comparison is intrinsic. Many ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 9:53 PM | Comments (17) | Filed Under [ Quality ]

The Software Inspection Process

Great place for Software Inspection Process.  This site will give you the detailed description of all stages in Software Inspection Process.  It also lists different reports produced after inspection.

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 9:49 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Quality ]

Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs
In a review , a work product is examined for defects by individuals other than the person who produced it. A Work Product is any important deliverable created during the requirements, design, coding, or testing phase of software development. Research shows that reviews are one of the best ways to ensure quality requirements, giving you as high as a 10 to 1 return on investment. Reviews help you to discover defects and to ensure product compliance to specifications, standards or regulations Software ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 9:39 PM | Comments (14) | Filed Under [ Quality Software Testing ]

Investing in Software Testing
What Does Quality Cost? The title of Phil Crosby book says it all: Quality Is Free. Why is quality free? Like Crosby and J.M. Juran, Jim Campenella also illustrates a technique for analyzing the costs of quality in Principles of Quality Costs. Campenella breaks down those costs as follows: Cost of Quality = Cost of conformance + Cost of nonconformance Conformance Costs include Prevention Costs and Appraisal Costs. Prevention costs include money spent on quality assurance tasks like training, requirements ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 8:33 PM | Comments (6) | Filed Under [ Quality Software Testing Risk Management ]

Quality Guru's
The early Americans W Edwards Deming introduced concepts of variation to the Japanese and also a systematic approach to problem solving, which later became known as the Deming or PDCA cycle. Later in the West he concentrated on management issues and produced his famous 14 Points. He remains active today and he has attempted a summary of his 60 years experience in his System of Profound Knowledge Deming encouraged the Japanese to adopt a systematic approach to problem solving, which later became known ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 8:12 PM | Filed Under [ Quality ]

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