Q&A: James Christie explains resistance to ISO standards

The International Organization for Standardization has the seemingly nondescript job of developing and publishing international standards for ways of doing things in business. The Switzerland-based organization, known as ISO for short, is a sort of Good Housekeeping seal of approval showing that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality in fields ranging […]

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Q&A: ‘Best practices,’ you say? Nothing but marketing hype, says James Bach.

I guess you could say James Bach is no fan of the use of “best practices” in software testing. A co-founder of the Context-Driven School of testing, Bach calls best practices “marketing hype rather than responsible engineering.” So when Switzerland’s International Organization for Standardization began last year to publish a proposed set of standards for […]

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Q&A: Why testing guru James Bach is against the ISO 29119 testing standard

James Bach is probably best known for his role in co-developing and advocating for what’s known as the Context-Driven School of Testing. Among other things, that line of thought essentially holds that effective testing can be done only through judgment and skill. “There are good practices in context, but there are no best practices,” one […]

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How costly is a bug caught in the field? 1,000 times costlier than finding it early

How costly is software failure? As blogger Chris Hobbs noted recently at electronicdesign.com, the cost of fixing a bug caught in the field is a thousand times greater than fixing the same bug during the requirements phase. And, he writes, requirements are the source of 56 percent of all system defects. Those sobering facts are […]

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How cloud and virtual labs complement Service Virtualization

Enterprises are gaining tremendous benefit from the use of virtual  and cloud-based labs that help to replicate the application deployment environment, notes a new report from voke Research on the topic. We caught up with Theresa Lanowitz, a co-author of the report, who explains how virtual labs work, and how they compare and complement Service […]

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For Social Security Managers — and Millions of Dependents — a Software Development Nightmare

Social Security Administration managers – along with millions of people who depend on the agency – are living in a seemingly unending software development nightmare. In an effort to solve a management problem that resulted in unacceptable claims processing delays, the agency banked on software that could help manage claims across local offices. That was […]

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Is DevOps Doable in the Enterprise? CIO Journal Column Gets ‘em Talking

It was the shot heard ‘round the DevOps world. Last month, Work-Bench venture associate Rachel Shannon-Solomon wrote on the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal blog that DevOps might be great for small operations and startups, but the “potential for application within large organizations is less rosy.” The problem, she said, boils down to the same […]

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This Car Has More Code Than a Fighter Jet

Car manufacturers have been under increased scrutiny lately, with of liability lawsuits, government hearings and even the prospect of criminal complaints against executives who covered up defects. While many of the causes of these defects can be attributed to mechanical issues, there is a growing awareness that software problems are responsible as well.  IBM estimates […]

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