e-Talk Radio: Daughtrey, Taz, 31 October 2000


and that type of software has to go through rigorous, rigorous tests. And things like our weaponry systems. The Department of Defense has a lot of regulations, that people that are building software have to pass through all these different checkpoints in order to do that.

Taz: The Federal Aviation Administration, it's the same with avionics, with the software, to make sure the planes are able to fly correctly.

Carol: Thankfully.

Taz: And I've worked in an environment with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That's a classic, you don't want your nuclear power plants to melt down. And none of that happened. And when the Year 2000 also, you know, you didn't have any missiles firing or any reactors melting down. But people had to spend an awful lot of time convincing themselves that it wasn't going to happen. And in many cases, that could have been avoided, as you'd said earlier in the show, if people had thought that their software would be running 20 years from the time they wrote it. So we should be thinking what's going to happen 20 years from now, or ways in which we need to just be more professional in the way that we design, construct, and test our software.

Carol: And we will be back with closing comments by Taz Daughtrey and Carol Dekkers after these messages.

Welcome back to Quality Plus e-Talk! I'm Carol Dekkers, and I hope…My guest this week has been Taz Daughtrey, the founding editor-in-chief of Software Quality Professional. And we've been talking about ghosts, goblins, and glitches of software quality, software projects. And I'd just like to say a warm thank you very much for spending your Halloween evening with us, Taz.

Taz: It was my pleasure, Carol. And I thank you. You've been a supporter of the journal, have contributed in the past, and have an article coming out in our next issue. And you've been very helpful on our editorial board. So I appreciate your contributions to the profession.

Carol: Thank you. I appreciate it. And we now have for Software Quality Professional an online snippet that people can actually view. And what's the Web site for that, Taz?

Taz: It's sqp.asq.org. We have the full contents of one issue each year. A lead article in its entirety, and information about all the other articles in each of the quarterly issues out there online.

Carol: Great. So if anybody's interested in that, it's an excellent peer-reviewed journal. And I'd like to promote next week's show. We're going to have Paul Hopkins, who is actually resident in Phoenix, Arizona. He is working for Honeywell in a high-level information technology position. And we're going to be talking about a topic which is near and dear to my heart, which is measurement and business value. And Honeywell has recently been just purchased by GE, so I think Paul's going to have some enlightening things to say about the IT industry and the number of times that people get bought out, and how you can use measurement to prove business value. We were going to have Roger Pressman on last week's show. And unfortunately, due to some previous engagements, we are going to actually have Roger Pressman on our November 14 show. And so please tune in for that. You can find an entire listing of the upcoming shows on our Web site at www.qualityplustech.com. And again, if you've got friends and colleagues, ask them to join in. And listening through streaming audio, by going to that Web site. It's been a pleasure to have Taz Daughtrey this

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