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Reviews & Inspections

Design and Safety Assessment of Critical Systems
By:
Marco Bozzano, Adolfo Villafiorita
Published:
2010

Safety-critical systems, by definition those systems whose failure can cause catastrophic results for people, the environment, and the economy, are becoming increasingly complex both in their functionality and their interactions with the environment. Unfortunately, safety assessments are still largely done manually, a time-consuming and error-prone process.

Quality Assurance of Agent-Based and Self-Managed Systems
By:
Reiner Dumke, et al.
Published:
2009

Based on the authors' more than fifteen years of experience in software agent technology, this book first presents the essential basics, aspects, and structures of the agent technology. It then covers the main quality aspects in software system development and gives current examples of agent measurement and evaluation. Focusing on software agent systems and multi-agent systems (MAS), the authors discuss the determination of quality properties.

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
By:
Esther Derby, Diana Larsen
Published:
2006

See how to mine the experience of your software development team continually throughout the life of the project. The tools and recipes in this book will help you uncover and solve hidden (and not-so-hidden) problems with your technology, your methodology, and those difficult "people" issues on your team.

Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code Review
By:
Jason Cohen
Published:
2006

Peer code review is happening behind the scenes at your competitor's shop. Are they wasting their time or gaining a competitive advantage? What type of review actually works? We've compiled 10 practical essays from industry experts giving specific techniques for effective peer code review:

Why Programs Fail
By:
Andreas Zeller
Published:
2006

Why Programs Fail is about bugs in computer programs, how to find them, how to reproduce them, and how to fix them in such a way that they do not occur anymore. This is the first comprehensive book on systematic debugging and covers a wide range of tools and techniques ranging from hands-on observation to fully automated diagnoses, and includes instructions for building automated debuggers.

CMMI SCAMPI Distilled: Appraisals for Process Improvement
By:
Ahern Armstrong Clouse, Ferguson Nidiffer Hayes
Published:
2005

The Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) is an invaluable tool for organizations seeking to drive quantifiable improvements in systems and software engineering. SCAMPI appraisals can help those organizations identify the strengths and weaknesses of their current processes, reveal crucial development and acquisition risks, set priorities for improvement plans, derive capability and maturity level ratings, and even perform realistic benchmarking.

Database in Depth
By:
C.J. Date
Published:
2005

This book sheds light on the principles behind the relational model, which is fundamental to all database-backed applications--and, consequently, most of the work that goes on in the computing world today. "Database in Depth: The Relational Model for Practitioners" goes beyond the hype and gets to the heart of how relational databases actually work.

Using Business Objects Crystal Reports XI
By:
Neil Fitzgerald
Published:
2005

"Special Edition Using Business Objects Crystal Reports XI" is a reference guide designed to provide you with hands-on experience for the latest release of the Business Objects' product suite. The authors, all Business Objects insiders, bring unique and valuable real-world perspectives on implementations and uses of Crystal Reports, Crystal Reports Server, BusinessObjects Enterprise, WebIntelligence and OLAP Intelligence.

Code Reading: The Open Source Perspective
By:
Diomidis Spinellis, et al.
Published:
2004

If you are a programmer, you need this book.

Software Engineering, Vol. 2
By:
Dixie Garr, Mark J. Christensen, Richard Thayer
Published:
2002

(Back Cover Copy)

High Quality Low Cost Software Inspections
By:
Ronald A. Radice
Published:
2001

Written with every software engineer's question in mind-How much do inspections pay off?-this book demonstrates how to get the most value while controlling costs for investment and inspections. Covered are the economics and ROI of inspections as well as defect prevention and controlling the cost of quality.

Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide
By:
Karl Wiegers
Published:
2001

This book presents the software inspection process in some detail and also describes a variety of other types of peer reviews that cover a spectrum of formality.

The Accidental Project Manager
By:
Patricia Ensworth
Published:
2001

Why do so many software projects fail? The reality is that many of these projects are led by programmers or developers thrown into the role of project manager without the necessary skills or training to see a project through successfully. Patricia Ensworth has written a hands-on survival guide designed to rescue the "accidental project manager" and help them to quickly ramp up on all key areas involved in software project management.

Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews
By:
Norm Kerth
Published:
2000

With detailed scenarios, imaginative illustrations, and step-by-step instructions, consultant and speaker Norman L. Kerth guides readers through productive, empowering retrospectives of project performance. Whether your shop calls them postmortems or postpartums or something else, project retrospectives offer organizations a formal method for preserving the valuable lessons learned from the successes and failures of every project.

Testing Computer Software, 2nd Edition
By:
Jack Falk, Cem Kaner, Hung Nguyen
Published:
1999

Pragmatic and real-world oriented, this book teaches numerous shortcuts and tricks of the trade, including ways to reduce product risk and overall test costs by efficient ordering of test tasks. It also details how to test effectively when the developer gives few or inaccurate specifications, how to work with constantly changing designs and schedules, and how to conduct revealing tests without time-consuming source-code analysis.

Analysis and Testing of Distributed Software Applications
By:
Henryk Krawczyk, Bogdan Wiszniewski
Published:
1998

This book takes you through the world of distributed application programs, platforms, and environments in a how-to-do fashion. It lays the foundation for a testing approach that involves diverse static and dynamic analysis. The methodology provides development of testing scenarios appropriate for a variety of strategies for testing distributed software. Concepts are explained through the use of examples and template solutions, based on standard programming platforms and tools.

Software Inspection, An Industry Best Practice
By:
Bill Brykczynsk, Reginald Meeson, David Wheeleri
Published:
1996

Our lives and the quality of our lives are increasingly dependent on the cost, reliability, and availability of software. Improving the process of software development is therefore vitally important to us all.

Software Assessment
By:
Michael A Friedman, Jeffrey M. Voas
Published:
1995

This book offers a balanced presentation of theory and practice. Featuring exhaustive coverage of the foundations of reliability, safety, and testability, it uses real-world examples, illustrations, and clear descriptions to explore all of the latest techniques for assessing those qualities.

Software Evaluation for Certification
By:
Andrew K. Rae, Philippe Robert
Published:
1995

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Software Quality Management and ISO9001
By:
Michael Jenner
Published:
1995

This is a practical book that shows software developers how to comply with the International Standards Organization's (ISO) quality standard and how to use it as a catalyst for improved quality throughout the development process. It addresses issues of quality, management, and control in the software development industry. It shows software developers how to come to terms with ISO 9001 and how to use it specifically in the development process.

Usability Inspection Methods
By:
Robert Mack, Jakob Nielsen
Published:
1994

Considered the founder of this research area, Nielsen presents a contributed exposition written by the foremost experts in this rapidly growing and important field. The book is devised for user interface practitioners searching for cost-effective ways of improving their designs. The book begins with descriptions of simple discount usability engineering methods, such as heuristic evaluation which can be learned quickly and immediately applied to the reader's current project.

Assessment and Control of Software Risks
By:
Capers Jones
Published:
1993

This handbook summarizes more than 50 of the major problems of building and maintaining software projects, and outlines the prevention/control "therapies" available. It considers in depth the software-related risks in the domains of methodologies, tools, organization structures, skills and specialization, client relations, and sociological issues.

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Software Inspection
By:
Dorothy Graham, Tom Gilb
Published:
1993

This book shows software professionals how to achieve high-quality software through inspection. It shows how to do a formal review of documents to find errors, giving effective statistical process improvement. Properly run inspections cut development costs, bringing with them higher productivity, better defect tracking, and improved documentation.

The Healthy Software Project
By:
Mark Norris, Malcolm Payne, Peter Rigby
Published:
1993

This collection of software-project cases details potential barriers to success, explains how to preempt problems, and how to correct mistakes. Examples from actual software projects illustrate a range of poor, satisfactory, and successful endeavors. With the lessons learned on these past projects, you'll build a profile of the healthy project that will ensure the success of future efforts.

Software Inspection Process
By:
Robert Ebenau, Susan Strauss
Published:
1992

The authors--who have a lot of experience inside Bell Labs--discuss successful implementation of software inspections. The book describes the steps in traditional inspections and explores ways to integrate inspections into existing development procedures. It discusses how to define inspection parameters and manage the process across the scope of an entire project, and how to train personnel and fine-tune the technique across a broad spectrum of projects.

Handbook of Walkthroughs: Inspections & Technical Reviews
By:
Gerald Weinberg, Daniel Freedman
Published:
1990

This thoroughly revised and updated version of the popular handbook provides full coverage and lucid interpretations of current trends, techniques, and methods of formal review. Practical and comprehensive in an interesting question-and-answer style, this book can be used as a ready reference manual. First published in 1982.

Software Reviews and Audits Handbook
By:
Charles Hollocker
Published:
1990

This comprehensive book incorporates the perspective of the IEEE standards (Hollocker chaired the effort that produced the ANSI/lEEE Standard for Software Reviews and Audits). The book has fresh material with good coverage of software audits and an emphasis on the use of audits for what Hollocker refers to as a "controlled process evolution." The human side of reviews is not emphasized. The book’s 130-page appendix contains sample checklists, forms, and report documents.

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