What Drives Quality?

  • Post published:June 9, 2011

Many methods for product quality improvement start by investigating the problems, and then working their way back to the point where the problem started. For instance audits and Root Cause Analysis work this way. But what if you could prevent problems from happening, by building an understanding what drives quality, thus enabling to take action before problems actually occur?

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Business benefits of reviews

  • Post published:April 18, 2011

Software reviews and inspections significantly improve the quality of products, and provide major savings in cost and time. Sound logical, but where is the data to prove it? I’ve made an overview of data that has been published on the business benefits of reviews.

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Lies, damn lies, and statistics

  • Post published:March 31, 2011

R&D Organizations are more and more relying on measurements, but many struggle to implement them. There are the usual technical problems associated with collecting and storing data, and creating usable reports. However, the biggest challenges are often related to using the data to actually make decisions and steer the activities of the organization.

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Het Nieuwe Werken – zelfde kwaliteit in een nieuw jasje?

  • Post published:March 15, 2011

Veel IT organisaties zijn in verandering. Daarbij verandert vaak de manier waarop de werkzaamheden ingericht zijn, en de aansturing en rapportage. Voorbeelden daarvan zijn "Het Nieuwe Werken", Scrum en Agile werkwijzen, tijdelijke samenwerkingsvormen zoals teams en steeds korter durende projecten. In hoeverre zijn de "traditionele" kwaliteitsmethodieken, gebaseerd op ISO, INK, TQM en CMMI nog steeds bruikbaar?

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Are your professionals empowered?

  • Post published:March 11, 2011

Some companies say that “people are our most important resource”. I’d rather use the term “professionals”, since they are trained, have build up experience and are continuously developing themselves to deliver value for your customers. Question is: Are they empowered to do this in a efficient and effective way? The People-CMM can be used to develop a powerful professional workforce, supporting self-organizing agile teams.

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