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7 Sensible Steps to Improve Software Quality

Quality Software Defined:

According to analysts Margo Visitacion and Mike Gualtieri, who were quoted in this CIO article by Thomas Waligum, quality software is “software that meets business requirements, provides a satisfying user experience, and has fewer defects.” So how can we improve the quality of our software? Waligum summarizes the seven pragmatic practices to improve software quality.

1.       Define quality to match your needs.

2.      Broadcast simple quality metrics.

3.      Fine-tune team/individual goals.

4.      Get requirements right.

5.      Test smarter to test less.

6.      Design applications to lessen bug risk.

7.      Optimize the use of testing tools.

Projects Grounded in Reality

In the time frame, resources, and budget given, establish a sense of quality that fits. Projects must be grounded in reality. Doing so will make sure the application development team isn’t trying to achieve expectations that are unrealistically perfect. When testing, we all can’t test everything. It would take up a lot of valuable time. Instead, aim to test the most-important and riskiest functionalities first and then leave the bugs to the least important features. Utilize frameworks, design patterns, and to reduce the design complexity of a project. Looking at simpler and cleaner code will be easier on the eyes when diagnosing and fixing bugs.

Implementing these practices will ensure that won’t break the bank, cause a revolt within your team and slow down your progress. Get your team on board with carrying out quality throughout the whole process. As quoted by Waligum:

“Quality cannot be sprinkled onto an application right before it gets exposed to your clients,” the analysts write. “Rather, it must be a part of the entire software development life cycle (SDLC) from inception through implementation. As such, responsibility for quality falls squarely on the shoulders of the application development manager—it is not solely the responsibility of QA professionals.”

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About Gavin Martin

Information systems architect / technical design authority with over 20 years experience delivering small-scale through enterprise systems to commercial, finance and government customers.

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