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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:45am - 10:45am
Test Management

Eliminating Software Defects with Jidoka—The Overlooked Pillar of Lean

Many development organizations are experimenting—but getting mixed results—with lean development techniques. As a test or development manager, you have the power to help eliminate defects—the largest source of waste in development—and the enormous rework costs they incur. Bill Curtis discusses Jidoka, another pillar of lean, which uses automation to help developers detect and eliminate defects during development. Bill describes a technology framework that uses static analysis, behavioral emulation, and other techniques for analyzing and measuring non-functional quality characteristics such as reliability, security, performance, and maintainability. He presents data showing correlations between improvements in structural quality measures and reductions in operational defects and rework-related costs. In addition, Bill presents the most frequent types of structural defects for each software quality characteristic. Gain a broader vision of how to apply lean principles to your software development and maintenance practices.

Bill Curtis, CAST

With thirty-six years of software industry experience, Bill Curtis is senior vice president and chief scientist at CAST, where he heads CAST Research Labs. Bill is the director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality, co-sponsored by SEI and OMG. He led development of the Capability Maturity Model and People CMM in the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Bill co-founded TeraQuest, a provider of CMM-based services, which was sold to Borland in 2005.

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