Data Quality

February 22, 2004 by · Comment
Filed under: Process 

Data comes in all shapes and sizes. Quantified measures, qualified relative information, anecdotal recollection, opinions, theories, and misinformation all are used with varying success as a means of making informed decisions. An astute organization will recognize the different levels of quality that is embodied in the data provided, and use that knowledge to help identify the corresponding quality of the decisions that are made. Read more

Designed Testability

February 15, 2004 by · Comment
Filed under: Process, Project management 

The greatest opportunities for saving time and effort in any endeavour can usually be found in the activities that are most repetitive. In software projects this is often the testing stages, especially as the lifespan of systems is increasing, and more teams are adopting practices such as daily builds (that need to be exercised) or eXtreme Programming (where the goal is for the system to be live as much as possible). If a retrospective is the most powerful approach for improvement late in the project lifecycle and change management is a strong in-progress activity for control, designing testability into the system is one of the best activities to perform early on to reduce cost. Read more

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