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How To Ensure Quality in Software Development

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>New Title from Addison-Wesley Professional Offers Innovative Strategies, Advice</b> </p>

Friday, August 05, 2011

How To Ensure Quality in Software Development12:43 EDT Friday, August 05, 2011 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- The Economics of Software Quality, new from Addison-Wesley Professional, focuses on the business value inherent in prioritizing quality in the software development process. It aims to quantify the factors that influence software quality and to enable readers to predict and measure them. Using data and case studies from hundreds of software organizations, authors Capers Jones and Olivier Bonsignour show how integrated inspection, structural quality measurement, static analysis, and testing can achieve defect removal rates exceeding 95 percent. Jones is an industry expert on software metrics, and Bonsignour is responsible for product development at CAST, Inc., a leading vendor in the software analysis and measurement space. “As projects grow larger, quality becomes progressively more important because, historically, the costs of finding and fixing bugs have been the largest known expense for large software applications,” the authors said. “This is true of both new development as well as enhancement and maintenance.” Managers and stakeholders need to focus on quality issues at the start of planning and developing new applications, and when enhancing or maintaining existing ones. This includes both predicting and measuring quality levels associated with items such as software project schedules, staffing, development and maintenance costs. In addition, the authors explore the emerging topic of “technical debt,” or the cost of fixing problems in working software that, if left unfixed, will likely cause critical business disruption and extended costs for post-release defect repairs. “The Economics of Software Quality is a landmark for three reasons. It is practical, it is data-driven, and it goes beyond the traditional treatments of quality to demonstrate how to manage structural quality—an important element of software quality for our business,” said Thaddeus Arroyo, Chief Information Officer, AT&T Services, Inc., in the book's Foreword. It is available in multiple eBook formats, including pdf, ePub, Nook and Kindle eBook. For additional information, visit the publisher site: www.informit.com/title/0132582201 About Pearson Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the education, services, and technology company, is home to such respected brands as Addison-Wesley Professional, Cisco Press, Exam Cram, IBM Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Que, and Sams Publishing, which have as their online publishing arm, InformIT (www.informit.com) -The Trusted Technology Learning Source. In addition, Berkeley-based Peachpit (www.peachpit.com), the publishing partner for Adobe Press, Apple Certified, and others, publishes best-selling books for creative design professionals. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. PearsonHeather Fox, 212-641-6539heather.fox@pearson.com