Software Inspections – Consultant Urges Focusing on their Effectiveness to Prevent Software Bugs

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Software bugs just continue to crop up, in almost all industries. Joe Lindley, Principal Consultant with Quality Forensic Solutions (QFS), urges that providing improvements in how software engineers remove defects with Software Inspections will be significantly effective in preventing software bugs. Software engineers use Software Inspections (also known as Peer Reviews or Formal Inspections) to inspect and remove defects from each other's code.

Software bugs just continue to crop up, in almost all industries. Joe Lindley, Principal Consultant with Quality Forensic Solutions (QFS), urges that providing improvements in how software engineers remove defects with Software Inspections will be significantly effective in preventing software bugs. Software engineers use Software Inspections (also known as Peer Reviews or Formal Inspections) to inspect and remove defects from each other's code.

According to Lindley, "It would be wonderful if a company could train its engineers on a Software Inspection Process and then let them independently use it over time. Unfortunately it doesn't always work that way." His experience has shown that for various reasons effectiveness in removing defects with Software Inspections tends to decline, often unnoticed, over time. QFS offers solutions that strengthen the Software Inspection culture for a company with the goal that the culture will self-improve over time. Quality Forensics (Software Inspection measures) are used to help software engineers appreciate, understand, and improve upon their own effectiveness in reducing defects.

Mr. Lindley was formerly an Engineering Measures Expert with Raytheon, developing innovative and Best Practice software development process improvements. His Process Performance Model for Software Inspections provides an enlightening view of the nonlinear behavior of Software Inspection Effectiveness and Return on Investment.

Information on how to improve Software Inspection Effectiveness can be found on the QFS website at http://PeerReviewProcessROI.com/.

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