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Software Quality Assurance: From Theory to Implementation [Hardcover]

Daniel Galin
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June 15 2003 0201709457 978-0201709452 1

Software quality assurance (SQA) systems are vital for software developers in the software and the electronics industries as well as for information systems divisions in organizations. This book, based on many years of consulting and teaching experience, is designed to serve three audiences: students at universities and colleges, participants in vocational training courses in the industry and practitioners/professionals. Each chapter will conclude with commonly raised questions, problems, short case studies, and topics for discussion. The methodology to be presented in the book conforms with the requirements of ISO 9000 standards (ISO 9001 Quality Management and Quality Assurance Standard and of ISO 9000-3 Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001 to the Development, Supply, Installation and Maintenance of Computer Software). The topics that will be covered will conform with the requirements of most vocational training programs (e.g.. the American Society for Quality's training program for Certified Software Quality Engineers). The book is designed to include in its appendices a collection of useful templates and checklists containing items of great interest to practitioners and students, and is accompanied by an Instructor's Solutions Manual and PowerPoint Slides.


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Software Quality Assurance

From Theory to Implementation

Daniel Galin

Software quality assurance (SQA) is becoming increasingly important to the software and the electronics industries as software systems become more complex and integrative. This book is designed to serve the three audiences who will be facing the SQA challenge: students at universities and colleges, participants in vocational training courses and software development and maintenance practitioners/professionals.

The book is a product of the author¿s many years of consulting and teaching experience.

Features:

  • A broad view of SQA. Discussion goes beyond classic custom-made software to include issues of in-house software development, outsourcing, and SQA in small organizations.
  • Comprehensive discussion of practical issues. Stress is placed throughout on SQA application, operation, organization and control.
  • Comprehensive coverage of SQA topics. Topics rarely covered in SQA texts are included: procedures and work instructions, supportive quality devices, costs of software quality and the actors participating in the SQA framework.
  • State-of¿the-art topics. Automated testing, computerized SQA tools and international standards (e.g., ISO 9000-3) are among the topics covered.
  • Pedagogical support. Each chapter includes summary frames, case studies, real-life examples and implementation tips, review questions and topics for discussion.
  • On-line instructor¿s guide. The guide contains lesson planning guidelines, PowerPoint presentations and a test bank.
The book comprehensively covers the ISO 9000-3 requirements. It also provides a substantial portion of the body of knowledge required for the CSQE (Certified Software Quality Engineer) as outlined by the ASQ (American Society for Quality).

Dr Daniel Galin currently serves as Head of Information Systems Studies, the Ruppin Academic Center. In addition to his many papers, Dr Galin has also authored several books on the analysis and design of information systems as well as co-authoring (with Dr Z. Bluvband) a book on software quality assurance in Hebrew. His professional experience includes numerous consulting projects in software quality assurance and information systems design for major Israeli firms. He received his BSc, MSc and DSc from the Faculty of Industrial and Management Engineering of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid college text + real world reference April 13 2004
By Mike Tarrani TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Although written as a college text (the publisher also has instructor manual, syllabus and discussion guidelines, and test material), this book sufficiently reflects real world SQA to be used by working practitioners. My review focus is on the latter use.
Chapters that will be of interest to real world SQA include Chapter 3. Software Quality Factors (excellent foundation for a metrics initiative), Chapter 5. Contract Review (checklists for proposal and contract review are excellent), Chapters 7 (Integrating Quality Activities in the Project Life Cycle - especially the model for SQA defect removal effectiveness and cost) and 8 (Reviews, which includes supporting templates), and Chapter 11. Assuring The Quality of Software Maintenance, which is an often overlooked aspect of SQA.
Note that this book has been written to support ISO 9001 and contains chapters that are specifically slanted towards that approach. Included are chapters on document and configuration control, auditing, and attaining ISO 9001 certification. The author also provides solid information on ISO/IEC Quality Assurance standards, IEEE/ANSI Standards, and MIL-STD-498, as well as on common assessment approaches (CMM and SPICE).
As a textbook the coverage of every facet of SQA from why and what, to testing, metrics and its role in organizations and projects are thoroughly covered. The fact that the material is up-to-date and truly reflects the real world makes this one of the better texts for college level courses because it does prepare students for roles as practitioners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid college text + real world reference April 13 2004
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Although written as a college text (the publisher also has instructor manual, syllabus and discussion guidelines, and test material), this book sufficiently reflects real world SQA to be used by working practitioners. My review focus is on the latter use.
Chapters that will be of interest to real world SQA include Chapter 3. Software Quality Factors (excellent foundation for a metrics initiative), Chapter 5. Contract Review (checklists for proposal and contract review are excellent), Chapters 7 (Integrating Quality Activities in the Project Life Cycle - especially the model for SQA defect removal effectiveness and cost) and 8 (Reviews, which includes supporting templates), and Chapter 11. Assuring The Quality of Software Maintenance, which is an often overlooked aspect of SQA.
Note that this book has been written to support ISO 9001 and contains chapters that are specifically slanted towards that approach. Included are chapters on document and configuration control, auditing, and attaining ISO 9001 certification. The author also provides solid information on ISO/IEC Quality Assurance standards, IEEE/ANSI Standards, and MIL-STD-498, as well as on common assessment approaches (CMM and SPICE).
As a textbook the coverage of every facet of SQA from why and what, to testing, metrics and its role in organizations and projects are thoroughly covered. The fact that the material is up-to-date and truly reflects the real world makes this one of the better texts for college level courses because it does prepare students for roles as practitioners.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Knowledge, but too unorganized and unstructured Oct. 11 2011
By Rich Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to purchase this book for a class I was taking. Only read 6 chapters, which is what we were required to read, and I found the book to just be way too jam packed with information. Packed so much to the point where I found it troublesome to retain it all. It's just constant terms and knowledge and more terms, much of which isn't important, just being thrown at you in an unorganized way. I don't know, maybe it was just being overwhelmed with information that made it seem unorganized.

This book needs someone to go through it and take from it what students REALLY need to know, which I'm sure it's all there, and make a new book out of it. The book would probably be half the size of this book...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A strong SQA reference, but inconsistent. April 28 2010
By Mathieu LP - Published on Amazon.com
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My review title represents well the impression I had reading this book. I read this book in a Software Engineering course context. It was complementary to our theory and examples.

While some chapters are really well built and organized with good templates, examples and metrics, some other are almost useless and explain obvious theory.

The book is hard to read because its boring most of the time and the text doesn't flow as well as its chapters. Also, examples and templates do not exist in every chapter and there is often a lack of explanations. Over 26 chapters, around 10 or 12 seem relevant for me because some are covered too much briefly to be useful. Or simply that there are better sources for the same topics in other books, for example software life cycle, software testing, configuration management and tools related.

I would recommend this book for someone who has no basis on SQA, as an introduction to it. It could be useful as a reference or either a reminder for guidelines and checklists when you are implementing a SQA process.

But if you already know strong basis, you won't learn a lot of things in that book.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars emphasis on metrics to gauge progress Dec 4 2005
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Galin explains why software is usually far harder to test than hardware. The latter usually only has a few modes of operation, thousands at most. While the combinatorics of any nontrivial software package can easily produce millions of modes. Also, hardware defects (like parts missing) are often easy to detect by visual inspection. While software is often inherently opaque. It might have a corrupted or missing module that might not be found until the customer tries to use it. This is exacerbated by bugs being found essentially mostly in development and testing. And not in manufacturing. This latter step is trivial is software, but is the key step in hardware.

His book then goes over the main types of Software Quality Assurance models. These might already be familiar to you. The Waterfall model, which forms the basis of most SQA standards. But for small software projects, you might be able to use the Prototyping model, which can be faster. If you have a complex project, then maybe try the Spiral model. Here the spiral is a useful metaphor that indicates a hopeful convergence of the project at the centre of a Spiral chart.

Then there is the Object Oriented model. Which takes its inspiration from the rise of OO languages like C++ and Java. As you build up a library of classes, then the more useful this model becomes, at the project level.

Each of the above models is concisely explained. The entire book has this flavour. With a continual emphasis on metrics, as these are crucial to permitting an objective assessment of your project. In some ways, without taking sides as to which model you might adopt, the book seems to suggest that doing the metrics may be at least as important. So that you get some tangible idea of how your project is progressing.

It is also nice to see that he gives no mention of Extreme Programming. This is a dead end that was briefly popular amongst some developers, until its disadvantages became apparent.

The book is structured somewhat like a textbook, with questions at the end of each chapter. Certainly useful in focusing your attention. But its usage as an actual text in a university course seems unlikely. Not due to any failing in the book. But simply that computer science departments rarely teach this topic in any detail. Mostly left to industry.
3.0 out of 5 stars nice Used Book Oct. 1 2013
By SaLiMoS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Although I know that I bought it as Used, yet one page was not properly attached and it looks like a part of the interior will fall of if not handled carefully. But it's OK
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