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The Economics of Software Quality

Book Description

Poor quality continues to bedevil large-scale development projects, but few software leaders and practitioners know how to measure quality, select quality best practices, or cost-justify their usage. In The Economics of Software Quality, leading software quality experts Capers Jones and Jitendra Subramanyam show how to systematically measure the economic impact of quality and how to use this information to deliver far more business value.

Using empirical data from hundreds of software organizations, Jones and Subramanyam show how integrated inspection, static analysis, and testing can achieve defect removal rates exceeding 95 percent. They offer innovative guidance for predicting and measuring defects and quality; choosing defect prevention, pre-test defect removal, and testing methods; and optimizing post-release defect reporting and repair.

This book will help you 

  • Prove that improved software quality translates into strongly positive ROI and greatly reduced TCO

  • Drive better results from current investments in debugging and prevention

  • Use quality techniques to stay on schedule and on budget

  • Avoid “hazardous” metrics that lead to poor decisions

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