This article contains the testimonies of several project leaders detailing the process used to achieve a low Coverity Scan defect density.
Agile teams sometimes struggle with the planning of pure technical tasks that have no direct value for the user of a system, but have to be done to deliver working software. Should you create user stories to handle such technical tasks and technical debt, or not?
Delivering faster is one of the reasons that enterprises mention why want to use agile for software development. How can agile be used to become faster?
Swarming is a technique that helps agile teams to deliver working software fast and frequently. What is swarming, what are the benefits of swarming, and when and how to apply it?
Program Verification Systems, the creator of PVS-Studio, a static code analyzer for C and C++, has published a list of programming errors, some of them being found in popular open source projects such as Chromium, TortoiseSVN, Apache HTTP Server, MySQL, and others.
The 10th anniversary edition of the XP Days Benelux 2012 conference continues on the second day. An impression of the sessions about agile adoption, self organizing and managing technical debt.
Sonar Quality Dashboard version 3.0 has recently been released including separate commercial editions and a new plugin allowing developers to see how their individual commits affect project quality.
DRY reduces duplication and the maintenance problems coming with it, but misusing it leads to high coupling and reduced readability. The lesson: a software development principle should be applied considering other corresponding principles, patterns and practices.
In its recent issue the Chip Design Magazine points out that the huge growth of portable and wireless systems combined with the increasing relevance of software in embedded systems poses a challenge. Quality issues need special attention, especially in safety-critical systems. This is why software test tools for software systems will become increasingly important.
In two recent papers, David Chappell, Principal of Chappell & Associates, outlines the different aspects of software quality – functional, structural, and process-, the groups of people directly interested in quality –users, developers, and sponsors-, and the outcome of defects in externally or internally facing software over time.
A Coverity study concludes that open source code using static analysis has on average a lower number of defects than commercial code, but they are on par when it comes to code of similar sizes.
In a recent news report CNN has revealed a translated Toyota memo which links problems of the car manufacturer regarding an electronic acceleration concern to a software issue. When even news magazines pick up such stories, this shows the growing importance of software for embedded systems.
According to a report by CAST Software, technical debt now costs a company on average $3.61 per line of code. The report's findings are summarized in this article and more discussion is presented from other thought leaders on the topic.
Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.
Who ever has wondered what kind of software is used by Santa Claus & Co, got a hint recently in youtube. This might irritate some software engineers who have assumed, Santa Claus would only use Open Source Software.