From the category archives:

Quality Assurance

Change and Configuration Control Beyond Project Close Out

by E.R. Williams

Change is inevitable. Change Management covers all changes within the scope of a program/project. Configuration Control, a process/activity under configuration management, covers changes to the product/system and is applied after a product/system is approved and baselined.(See the book Software or Firmware Configuration Management on the complete process.) Although both change and configuration control are activities [...]

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How to Keep Your Sanity and Health Through These Difficult Times.

by E.R. Williams

Now, getting back to these difficult and hard times. I know many are trying to move forward by maintaining current employment or dealing with being laid-off, getting that next job or changing careers. Through it all, you must include activities to maintain your mental and physical health. Some are listed below. Have a daily routine [...]

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Management and Ethics

by E.R. Williams

Management and ethics for business and projects has to be a number one priority for many companies going into 2010 and the 21st Century, but first several issues have to be addressed. Over the past several months, I have had discussions about, and received emails, related to individuals being assigned as project and software configuration [...]

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Software Vendors and Their Tools/Applications

by E.R. Williams

Now after knowing the process, hopefully it allows you to make a better selection of products to automate and make the development process more efficient. It begins with requirements (which can’t be over emphasized). For some time we have had software vendors developing Computer Aided Software/System Engineering (CASE), applications, and tools for processes (i.e., Project [...]

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Software Development Best (and Good) Practices: What “best practice” processes do you think are required for IT development projects?

by E.R. Williams

Best Practice Processes (BPPs) must continue to be estabished and improved for the software development process.  and for the successful projects and programs. The best practice processes are identified below. Several organizations with standards that support these processes are listed. Best Practice Processes: 1. Program/Project Management (and Business Management) (Integration) Use of Experience and Knowledge (Integration) [...]

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There are a Variety of Specifications Presented Throughout the Industry to Capture Requirements.

by E.R. Williams

The requirements document (specification), the result of analysis, sets the stage for the entire and/or any process/phase/activity (design, implementation, etc.) within the development process or life cycle. It is a configuration identification document as well as the design specification/document. The requirements document contains functional/capability, design, interface, data, and other product (software/application/system) requirements. Although it is [...]

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Quality of Life, Quality of the Project

by E.R. Williams

Your quality of life is just as important as the quality of the project. I have spoken and heard from many individuals over the past year, and I don’t know if it’s a sign of the times but there are those that have been affected physically and mentally. The Stress and the unknowns (distress of [...]

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Quality Assurance (QA)

by E.R. Williams

Too often we call quality assurance just “testing” or “quality control”, where both traditionally have been performed under the umbrella of Quality Assurance (QA). QA, a planned process/activity, tailored to the program/project, is about ensuring compliance with standards, regulations, plans, and requirements, prevention, and trend and problem analysis for corrective action. This is the reason [...]

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Quality Management Beyond Project Close Out

by E.R. Williams

There seems to be different definitions applied to quality and that is understood because each project is different and the requirements for a product can be, and usually is, different, but the process to develop and manage a project and product have basic elements/properties and common processes. Although some of the processes/activities stop after project [...]

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Do the “Right Thing” for your project, the customer, the company, and yourself…

by E.R. Williams

We are into the 21st century. Do the “Right Thing” for your project, the customer, the company, and yourself. If not, it has consequences as we all have/are seeing. It’s the ethical thing to do, maintain your integrity and the company’s credibility.

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