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SPI - Software Process Improvement

We provide consultancy and training in software engineering
and the Personal Software Process (sm SEI)

We also provide training and expert consultancy in spreadsheet model review, testing, and auditing.

Contact Patrick O'Beirne to request a private in-company course or consultation.


Current books from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, see below for our recommended list


SoftTest Ireland - Software Testing SIG

This special interest group is open to all in Ireland interested in software testing. It holds quarterly evening meetings in Dublin and twice a year it hosts a half day mini-conference.
http://www.SoftTest.ie 
The website contains registration information for the SIG with company and individual membership. It has a members mail list and information on events and downloads.

 


SPI discussion groups

www.qaforums.com/ is an online web-based forum.
Software Testing topics: Automated Testing, Performance & Load Testing, Defect Trackers, Training & Certification, User Groups, QAFAQ, Automated Test Tools, vendor forums for test tools, Quality Engineering topics: Code Coverage, Configuration Management, Security & Usability, Testing, Software Process Improvement.
The Software Process Improvement (SPI) eGroup is an open forum for exchanging info on Software Process Improvement (SPI) and  the Capability Maturity Model for Software (SW-CMM(r)). To subscribe, send a blank email to spi-subscribe (at) yahoogroups (dot) com or use this online form:
Subscribe to Software Process Improvement
Enter your e-mail address:
spi archive
An e-group hosted by YahooGroups.com
The newsgroup comp.software-eng is the longest established list.

CMMI Process Improvement YahooGroup

The Integrated Capability Maturity Model (CMMI) process improvement group is designed for discussion of best-in-class or simple clarification of the upgrade issues involved from SW-CMM, ISO-9000, and EIA/IS 731. SEI describe it as the logical successor to SW-CMM, SE-CMM, and P-CMM branches of the CMM v1.1 disciplines. To learn more about the cmmi_process_improvement group, please visit:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cmmi_process_improvement/ 

Click here for recommended books on CMM and CMMI

 


Software Quality Links

extremeprogramming.org/index.html Extreme Programming user's group  
www.soft.com/Institute/HotList/index.html  Software Research, Inc. Software Quality HotList, over 2400 links to technical resources in software quality and testing.  
SRI publish a Quality Techniques Newsletter. The Subscribe/Unsubscribe facility is at www.soft.com/News/QTN-Online/subscribe.html  
SRI also have a free demo download of a tool "eValid" that performs all functions needed for detailed WebSite static and dynamic testing, QA/Validation, and load imposition.
Software Productivity Center Inc. of Canada have a biweekly e-newsletter with how-to's for successful project management and practical software development.
www.cutter.com/consortium/ The Cutter Consortium have a free "Cutter Edge" newsletter to which we have contributed some articles.
www.cs.queensu.ca/Software-Engineering/  the Software Engineering Archives has the HTML versions of the FAQs
www.ifpug.org  International Function Point User's Group
ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/softcomp/fpfaq.htm Function Point FAQ by Ray Boehm
www.spr.com Software Productivity Research (Capers Jones) on Function Points
www.SoftwareMetrics.Com/Articles David Longstreet's articles related to software metrics and function points.
www.sei.cmu.edu  The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. The SEIR (Software Engineering Information Repository) has links to many articles, presentations, etc. The site requires registering (free) before you can access the materials
www.tickit.org TickIT guides the developer to achieve quality objectives within the framework of ISO 9000.
www.esi.es The European Software Institute is a European organization dedicated to the improvement of European and international software organization via state of the art in software process improvement.
www.eurospi.net An SPI experience and knowledge exchange platform for Europe
Bootcheck, the Bootstrap Institute software process assessment tool, is no longer available and the website Bootstrap-Institute.com is abandoned.

www.man-info-systems.com  Marc de Smet of Management Information Systems bvba offers toolkits for free download, for Interim Maturity Evaluation and Test Process Improvement Evaluation.

www-sqi.cit.gu.edu.au Australian Software Quality Research Institute 
www.softwareqatest.com/qatlnks1.html QA Testing links
www.software-engineer.org More than 200 software engineers worldwide have become contributors of this website and they share their expertise every day by posting links, news, articles, and messages.  
www.processmax.com
www.faqs.org/faqs/software-eng/testing-faq/ the Testing FAQ with links to other resources such as www.rstcorp.com/c.s.t.faq.html
 
computer-architecture.com Computer Architecture & Planning  
www.telepath.com/rcs Software Testing by Rice Consulting Services (not found Aug 2002)  
www.lynksoftware.com Everest from Lynk Software: customer relationship management; focus on complaint handling, issue tracking and corrective action requests.   
www.aimware.com have a newsletter on their Lotus Notes system for quality management: send an email to info(at)aimware(dot)com with a subject of "subscribe aimware.connect".  
www.rspa.com/spi/process.html  A collection of Web-based and print resources that explore many different software engineering topics from R.S. Pressman & Associates, Inc.  
www.enteract.com/~bradapp/links/sw-pats.html  Brad Appleton's Software Patterns Links  
www.software.org/quagmire  The Software Productivity Consortium has studied frameworks that are relevant to companies building software-intensive systems. They have a chart showing how they relate, and if you click on any one you will find further information, including relationships, and links to more information.  
www.JoelOnSoftware.com Joel on Software.  Index to articles such as: "Painless Software Schedules", a nine-chapter online book, "User Interface Design for Programmers", and many more. If you only read one, read this: The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code   
www.martinig.ch/mt/index.html Franco Martinig's Methods & Tools e-newsletter, a free PDF and HTML publication providing practical knowledge for software development professionals.  
www.qualitydigest.com/html/qlinks.html Quality Digest Magazine with many links to web resources.  
www.swebok.org The Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and ACM Software Engineering Coordinating Committee.  Achieving consensus by the profession on a core body of knowledge is a key milestone in all disciplines and has been identified by the Coordinating Committee as crucial for the evolution of software engineering toward a professional status.  
www.qalinks.com QA Links is one of a family of sites qaforums.com, qajobs.net, qatraining.net, qanews.com, and  qadownloads.com  
www.softwaredioxide.com  aims to help Software Engineering and Management Professionals build software cheaper, better and faster. Meet, trade, learn, share, exchange, buy and sell.   
www.eirenicon.org has a compiled help file "Guide to the Software CMM"  
http://pep-inc.com Includes a CMM help file, and a SEPG presentation on behavioural clues in assessments.  
www.hraconsulting-ltd.co.uk/project-management.htm Project Management Articles including a collection of Project Management Proverbs, and a list of sites including this next one:  
www.softwarereality.com/ Software Reality - programming with a dose of satire, and the book "Extreme Programming Refactored" which takes a swipe at XP.  
http://consulting.dthomas.co.uk/software_architecture_consulting/articles_resources.htm Articles & White-papers from Dunstan Thomas Consultants and OOAD mentors on architecture, design, and the development process  
www.techsupportalert.com/search/p1134.pdf How to diagnose and solve software errors  (PDF) Graham Clarke, PC World (1999) - how to give a helpful fault report to the vendors.

http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~nachumd/horror.html  Software horror stories only up to 1999.

http://www.risks.org The Risks Digest is an active list, subscribe at http://lists.csl.sri.com/mailman/listinfo/risks. The current issue can be found at http://www.csl.sri.com/users/risko/risks.txt

 

Recommended books on Software Engineering:

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Software Inspection by Tom Gilb, Dorothy Graham, Susannah Finzi, gets five star reviews.

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Building Quality into Software: A Guide to Manage Quality in Software Development and Use
by Horst P. Richter

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Professional Software Development: Shorter Schedules, Higher Quality Products, More Successful Projects, Enhanced Careers
by Steve McConnell

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Rapid Development

by Steve McConnell

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Code Complete

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Design Patterns by Erich Gamma , Richard Helm , Ralph Johnson , John Vlissides. A modern classic in the literature of object-oriented development, offering timeless and elegant solutions to common problems in software design. USA UK Germany France Canada Japan
Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide by Craig Larman.  Using statistically significant research and large-scale case studies, noted methods expert Craig Larman presents the most convincing case ever made for iterative development. USA UK Germany France Canada Japan
Agile Database Techniques : Effective Strategies for the Agile Software Developer by Scott Ambler. Describes Agile Modeling Driven Design (AMDD) and Test-Driven Design (TDD) approaches, database refactoring, database encapsulation strategies, and tools that support evolutionary techniques. USA UK Germany France Canada Japan
Introduction to the Personal Software Process (SEI Series in Software Engineering) Introduction to the Personal Software Process (SEI Series in Software Engineering) Addison-Wesley Pub Co  Watts S. Humphrey / Paperback / Published 1996 USA UK Germany France Canada Japan
CMMI: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement Mary Beth Chrissis, Mike Konrad, Sandy Shrum. The full, official book version of the CMMI, the follow up to the Capability Maturity Model. 5 star reviews: "I cannot rate this book more highly" USA UK Germany France Canada Japan
CMMI Distilled: A Practical Introduction to Integrated Process Improvement Dennis M. Ahern, Aaron Clouse, Richard Turner This guide outlines the structure and content of capability maturity model integration (CMMI) models for improving software engineering and management processes, USA UK Germany France Canada Japan
               

Auditing links and resources for auditors

www.auditnet.org/karl.htm The Official Kaplan's AuditNet Resource List. A substantial list of links, tools and resources developed for the benefit of the Audit Profession by Jim Kaplan, an Internet Audit pioneer and the founder of AuditNet


ISO 9000 Links

To subscribe to the moderated ISO9000 discussion group, send mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Send the following commands in the body of the message.
subscribe iso9000 (your name)
The ISO 9000 Discussion List info is at http://www.quality.org/lists/iso9000.nodak.list.txt
www.iso.ch/ ISO Central Secretariat in Switzerland. Note that ISO 9000 standards are copyrighted and are not available for download. If interested in purchasing any standard please contact your ISO Member Body: www.iso.ch/addresse/membodies.html 
www.bsi-global.com The British Standards Institute
www.ansi.org/ American National Standards Institute
www.asq.org/ ASQ
www.nist.gov/ NIST
www.source4quality.com/new/ Charles Scalies ISO9000 Free Stuff,  articles on Cost of Quality and The Seven Dynamics for Strategic Transformation, Examples of Audit Questions, Surviving an Audit, and sample procedures covering each ISO9001 element.
www.9sg.com/  Rob Kantner author of "ISO 9000 Answer Book" (John Wiley & Sons, 1994) also runs an egroup to discuss ISO 9000 - 2000.
Richard C. Randall Author of "Randall’s Practical Guide to ISO 9000"
www.SimplyQuality.org Frequently Asked Questions About ISO 9000 and Related Standards
 
praxiom.com/  ISO 9000 2000 Translated into Plain English This site in Canada has summaries of ISO9000:2000 and many links to their supporters.
 
www.the9000store.com  downloadable ISO 9000:2000 tools including training and document templates.
www.iso9000plus.com web-based ISO 9000 management software
www.tothepointconsulting.bigstep.com ISO9000: 2000 software procedures guides with some free downloads

Organisations

Fellow of the Irish Computer Society The Irish Computer Society: learn how membership of a professional body can enhance your CV. 
For U.S. readers, see the Independent Computer Consultants Association and The Computer Society
The Testing Standards Working Party is sponsored by the British Computer Society Specialist Interest Group In Software Testing (BCS SIGIST) and is a volunteer group devoted to the development of new software testing standards. You can download standards such as the BS 7925-1 vocabulary of testing terms, BS 7925-2 software component testing, and draft test standards (e.g. for database conversion).
The Centre for Software Engineering  is the contact place for Software Quality Management advice in Ireland. They took part in projects such as ESPITI and Tri-Spin.
Continuus Software Corporation. Change Management.
UK National Computing Centre launches "Towards Software Excellence" scheme.
The DTI recognise how important the software industry is to the future of the UK economy. They are particularly concerned that small to medium size UK software companies stay competitive by continuing to provide high quality products and services. DTI have appointed the National Computing Centre to implement an industry-backed initiative designed to help such organisations maintain and improve quality and business procedures - Towards Software Excellence (TSE).

 

 
 

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