The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention

The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention

by Marc McDonald, Dan Bean, Robert Musson, Ross Smith
     
 

This practical, hands-on guide captures, categorizes, and builds a process of best practices to help avoid creating defects during the development process—rather than fixing them after extensive analysis. While there are various proprietary and competing standards for reducing software defects, these methods suffer from issues involving timeliness,

Overview

This practical, hands-on guide captures, categorizes, and builds a process of best practices to help avoid creating defects during the development process—rather than fixing them after extensive analysis. While there are various proprietary and competing standards for reducing software defects, these methods suffer from issues involving timeliness, effectiveness, and cost. What’s more, many other books focus on fixing errors after they’ve been introduced or promote idealized academic theories. This guide, however, presents practical methods for reducing defect introduction through prevention and immediate detection and by moving the detection of defects closer to their introduction. Written by experts with over a century of software development experience among them, this book distills hard-won lessons into a single, workable lifecycle process that will help deliver better-quality software. Visit the Defect Prevention Web site at http://www.defectprevention.org

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735622531
Publisher:
Microsoft Press
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Best Practices (Microsoft) Ser.
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Marc McDonald’s career spans the 30-year PC industry—from the MITS Altair to today—and he holds six software patents. As the first salaried employee at Microsoft, Marc designed the FAT file system for MS-DOS.

Robert Musson has more than 25 years of experience as a software engineer and manager. He is a member of the Team Software Process Initiative at the Carnegie-Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.

Ross Smith has been developing and testing software for nearly 20 years—and making mistakes for more than 40 years (see page 1). He has worked on every version of Windows and Microsoft Office since 1995 and holds five software patents.

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