Random Acts of Quality

September 7, 2008 by · Comments Off on Random Acts of Quality
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Usually, when discussing quality, we usually fall into two traps – we wave our arms and talk about quality as a nebulous thing that is tough to define and even tougher to achieve, or we present grand Quality Schemes that will take years to implement and often fail to result in a better product.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss specific activities you can perform in your organization that can contribute to improving product quality. Simple, small-scale activities that don’t require management approval, committees or corporate initiatives will face much lower barriers and specific activities are more likely to reveal progress in the short term.

A collection of Random Acts are presented for discussion, and participants are encouraged to bring along anecdotes of simple things that have worked in their careers as well.

A Business Case for Improved Practices

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Though most IT organizations could benefit from changes in their approach to building software, few attempt to change. Even fewer manage to sustain the effort to realize the benefits. One of the reasons for maintaining the status quo is that the true costs of poor practices are seldom quantified, let alone exposed to most decision makers. This discussion identifies a model for quantifying these costs associated with inefficiencies that most development groups consider normal. It shows that with very modest improvement goals, significant savings can be achieved. This business case affirms that most groups should start on the path of continuous improvement today.

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