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At the encouragement of management several coworkers and I were treated to a Borland seminar this morning on Requirements Based Testing.  And before you ask--yes its a sales pitch for the Borland suite of software development tools.

The seminar was cool.  Affirmed a lot of beliefs I have about the software development process ( regardless of individual methodology--Waterfall, Iterative, Agile, Scrum, Chaos :P ).  For example everyone in QA should know that it is approximately 80 times more expensive to fix a software defect during testing or production than it is at the requirements definition phase.  And while everyone in QA should know this, it seems the business people who are the decision makers don't.  All they seem to care about is I WANT IT NOW!

The Sales Pitch for Caliber Analyst and testing manager applications were very intriguing.  Of course the devil is in the details.

The depressing aspect of this was that seeing what the tools can do just acerbates the belief I have that my current company's practices are SO far out of bounds from "best practice" that there is little hope of recovery.

That is a depressing place to be...

hums...

Code monkey get up get coffee,

Code monkey go to job...

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:22 PM General QA/QC Topics | Back to top


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From the business perspective the software is being implemented to generate revenue or save cost. If the money made with the software in production x number of days sooner exceeds the expected cost of fixing the bugs plus the cost of the errors created by the bugs then they'll always push roll outs faster than us code monkeys want to go.
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