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Worried About Software Quality? 5 Tips to Improve It

It is a misconception that better codes lead to better software quality. However much the testers and developers fight on scripts and bugs, those do not matter during product delivery. To put an end to your worry about software quality, Todd DeCapua shares 5 delectable tips.

Finding the Right Metrics for Software Quality

Instead of finding out the number of defects, your metrics should be able to answer the following questions:

  • Stories accomplished
  • Number of stories delivered to end users with high software quality
  • Time taken to deliver from customer or business idea to production
  • Number of end users utilizing the expected features

For example, delivering only 60 out of 80 story points means the teams have failed to deliver. Also, they stopped other teams from sticking to their delivery plan. With agile adoption, various companies are utilizing metrics to deliver better software quicker. Those also have higher alignment with business and user requirements. Continuous feedback loop also improves results with informed decision-making capabilities.  Following are the 5 metrics to check the software quality of your deliverables:

Committed Stories against Delivered Results: Stories are high-level details that go in use cases. You must deliver each story that should pass the “Done” factors all stakeholders agreed upon. Teams plan, commit, and deliver keeping in mind the chief “done” factors. When this metric shows tangible results, you can showcase their commitment to delivering high software quality to clients.

Quality Maintenance Throughout the Lifecycle: Companies demand better software quality as well as improved cost efficiency. Neither can you employ resources to test every build nor can you afford to identify issues in the final stages. So, create the lifecycle from story to development, then test, build, and test the entire unit again. Automate the rest of the processes. This will help you measure software quality with metrics and automated quality gates. Automate the regular tests and devote time to complex releases.

Production Incidents Throughout the Lifecyle and Repetition: Focus on reducing incidents and ensure those do not repeat in later releases. Identifying the actual reason and implementing the required changes could incrementally improve software quality. You can understand the milestones that teams did not reach or reach in a lifecycle.

End User Experience: Understand the pulse of your end users. Their feedback can add great insight into the gap between the expected and existing software quality. You can make a basic plan to address those requirements. On a broader perspective, you can analyze market user requirements.

Incremental Development: Once over with retrospectives, follow through the stories you need to improve further. By devoting time to improvement, teams will focus more on software quality and deliver higher value to end users. Team leaders can share practices that other teams need to follow and how teams are performing after making those adjustments. This metric will validate sponsor investments in the project.

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