Using Strength-based Questions in Retrospectives

Agile retrospectives help teams to learn from how they are doing and find ways to improve themselves. In stead of learning from what went wrong, from problems, mistakes or failures, teams can also learn from things that went well, by asking strength-based questions in their retrospectives. Such questions will help them to use their existing skills and experience to become great in doing things that they are already good at.

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The Economics of Software Quality

The book Economics of Software Quality provides solutions to quantify Software Quality and manage software development and maintenance. It contains data usable to build a business case to improve quality, and decide upon improvements in your organization.

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What drives quality: Senior Management

The serie on “What Drives Quality” has thusfar described technical activities that are part of software development. Next postings will cover supporting activities; this one describes how senior management drives quality. Understanding what drives quality enables you to take action before problems actually occur, thus saving time and money.

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What drives Quality: Review and Inspection

The 5th posting on on “What Drives Quality” covers review and inspection. Previously covering Requirements Quality, Architecture and Design Quality, and Coding Quality. Understanding what drives quality enables you to take action before problems actually occur, thus saving time and money.

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Measuring and Controlling Product Quality

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have more insight into the quality of a product, while it is developed, instead of afterwards? If you could measure the quality of your product, and take action when there is a risk that the quality would become lower than required by your customer?

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Lies, damn lies, and statistics

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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