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International Software Quality Conference

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on October 16, 2007

From Associated Content

Lakewood, just outside Denver, is hosting the International Conference on Software Quality this month, a gathering of professionals who not only need to understand the software development process, but also how to keep it on track and improving, so that the end product is not only innovative and useful, but reliable and effective.

In a field where innovation is highly competitive, software quality sometimes doesn’t receive the emphasis that software development does. Most of us are familiar with the consequences, from nationwide outages on the Blackberry service, to problems with software on our desktops or at the companies that provide services to us. While it’s popular to “blame the computer,” sometimes it’s also accurate.

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is presenting the conference, which “provides a forum for individuals and organizations seeking technologies, concepts, and techniques to improve the quality of their software products, processes, and services”.

The conference will focus in four areas: Agile methods, process improvement, metrics and measurement, and standards. This is a long way from the early days of software, when so-called “functional testing” was the basis for software quality, basically “whether it works or not.” Today, Agile development is employed, a relatively new technology, where products are developed like sculptures, bit by bit with a vision in mind, instead of being “cast in stone” at the beginning of development.

Improving testing processes 

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