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Find The Right Criteria, Increase Project Quality

Nonstandard Management = More Work

Nonstandard management systems—ones not formally introduced into a company—are responsible for rework, don’t allow for standardized training, and a large amount of defects found after delivery of a software product. Software projects themselves are risky endeavors, as this paper by Mohamed El Zeweidy and Mohamed Mounir explains; and difficult to predict in terms of effort and scheduling, too. With this in mind, the two worked to determine what criteria needed to be identified in order to determine performance and determine factors which lead to project failure or issues.

The selection of criteria involved studying the project repository published in 2011 by the ISBSG, choosing about five thousand projects carried out over the last 10 years, and studying the quality value from more than six hundred corporations. This allowed for a study of what projects succeeded and what they had in common (and, likewise, which projects struggled and what they had in common).

Dynamic Form Technique

Through applying a dynamic form technique instead of a static one, delivery rate was improved:

We have seen that applying the dynamic form technique instead of the static one in one project (stock control) improved the project delivery rate. This was sufficient for this project, while other projects that have large number of queries or reports that are similar in design should apply dynamic queries and reports to improve software productivity expressed as delivery rate, and software quality expressed as defects removal efficiency and defects detected after delivery. We have shown that using the six forms of testing collectively (unit, new function, performance, regression, system, and acceptance tests) and full documentation has improved the defects removal efficiency from 84% to 94%. Application of one of the modern quality methodologies such as Six Sigma, Quality Assurance (QA), Lean or Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is important and will lead to much more improvements in software productivity and quality as well as sustaining these improvements and reach the international standards.

To read the full paper, click here: http://www.ijeat.org/attachments/File/v2i4/C1222022313.pdf

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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