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Linux.com: Software Quality 101: Essential Concepts

Nov 20, 2000, 15:28 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Cullis)

"Linux and the quality of Linux have become the topic of late in the media, both print and on the Web. As a two-year user, I find that Linux has met most of my computing needs. However, if Linux wants to increase the user base, improvements in the developmental process are needed in the operating system and software. Linux software needs to solve problems by providing solutions not only to the developer, but also to the business and hobby users."

"Linux solved my reliability problems, but created other problems in usability and software availability. These should be addressed in the near future. Linux developers and users in the community need to realize that the process developed determines the level of quality it will achieve. Below are some key concepts that may help Linux increase the rate of world domination."

"The evidence is overwhelming that process improvement is a necessity for organizations, not only to remain in business, but the remain competitive in the marketplace. Training is first, or the understanding of the WHY of process improvement. People require a complete understanding of a process improvement philosophy and should obtain training in these new skills and habits. Tools and techniques are second, or understanding the HOW of process improvement. These must be understood to do the right job with the right tools. Time is last, or can be considered the reallocation of "recovered" resources when there is an "investment" of resources up front. It is important that time be applied to these new training and tools to ensure that waste, both in time and money, is eliminated so that resources can be better utilized elsewhere within the organization."

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