Posted by: ahmedashfaque | September 7, 2014

Best practices for achieving better software quality


You may have been thinking and doing a lot as to how to improve quality of your software product but the goal may seem to be elusive. Don’t worry, here are some tips which can help you in improving quality of your software product.

These are the core areas where you may be working for your cause.

1. Software testing –> You already may be doing it to a great extent.

2. Process improvement –> You may be doing it to some degrees

3. Technology improvement –> You may be doing it to some degrees

4. People skill improvement –> You may be doing it to some degrees

Have you ever did any root cause analysis for the quality problems you encounter on your project? If you ever did any then you may be aware of some of the real causes which results in poor quality of your software product. Indeed, on most projects, people never pay attention to quality aspects as the primary focus and then they are into trouble after spending time in developing the software product when they find that the product has a large number of quality holes.

That is why, quality planning should be an integral part of project planning. You should have quality review planned for requirement specifications. So when requirement specifications are being built, frequent quality reviews should be conducted. Similarly for software design, reviews should be conducted frequently to make sure that the software design is perfect. Same goes when you are into writing the source code.

Whenever your reviews suggest that something is going wrong, take action to correct the mistake and thus avoid defects entering into your software product. And did I say, your project planning should have provision for these reviews? Definitely your project planning should have ample time slots alloted for these reviews. Believe me, in the end, you will not encounter the kind of problems you faced when you never thought about quality planning to be part of your project planning.

Managements always want results quickly and thus they force project teams to deliver goods earlier than any project planning envisages. Alway convince your management about quality aspects and why it should be the most important aspect about your project. You and your management will never regret it if you things this way.

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