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2010 Seventh International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology

Sept. 29 2010-Oct. 2 2010

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  • Table of contents

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  • Experiments with Adding to the Experience that Can be Acquired from Software Courses

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):1 - 6
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    This paper describes approaches used in two different software engineering courses, where the goal is to give students some experience in the major aspects of real world software projects. The first course is a capstone project course, part of an undergraduate short program in software engineering. The second course is a course on software maintenance and testing, part of a full undergraduate prog... View full abstract»

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  • Conveying Conceptions of Quality through Instruction

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):7 - 14
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    Building up an understanding of aspects of quality, and how to critically assess them, is a complex problem. This paper provides an overview of research on student conceptions of what constitutes quality in different programming domains. These conceptions are linked to tertiary education and computing education research results. Using this literature as a background we discuss how to develop and u... View full abstract»

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  • Supporting the Definition of Software Processes at Consulting Organizations via Software Process Lines

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):15 - 24
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    Software Process Consulting Organizations (SPCOs) support other organizations to define, deploy, and improve their software processes. Usually they are requested to define similar processes to different organizations, leading to some process reuse opportunities. Software Process Lines (SPLs) are reusable process architectures that model similarities and variabilities among processes, and could be ... View full abstract»

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  • Applying Grounded Theory to Understand Software Process Improvement Implementation

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):25 - 34
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    Recent studies show that many organizations struggle to implement Software Process Improvement (SPI) based on process models and standards mainly because of incapacity to overcome critical barriers, such as lack of motivation and higher management support. The accurate understanding of the social-cultural context where SPI is undertaken can facilitate the development of more efficient SPI implemen... View full abstract»

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  • Evaluating the Effect of Agile Methods on Software Defect Data and Defect Reporting Practices - A Case Study

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):35 - 43
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    In large, traditional software development projects, the number of defects can be considerably high. Agile methods promise code quality improvement, but while embracing the agile methods, software development organizations have realized that defects still do exist and must be managed. When the development is distributed over several sites, defect management can become even more challenging. In thi... View full abstract»

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  • Empirical Studies on Quality in Agile Practices: A Systematic Literature Review

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):44 - 53
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    Nowadays one key question for most organizations is which of the agile practices should be implemented to improve product quality. This systematic literature review surveys studies published up to and including 2009 and attempts to present and evaluate the empirical findings regarding quality in agile practices. The studies were classified into three groups: test driven or test first development, ... View full abstract»

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  • Software Safety Standards for the Basis of Certification in the Nuclear Domain

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):54 - 62
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    In the nuclear domain, regulators have strict requirements for safety-critical software. As a part of Finnish nuclear research program SAFIR2010 an on-going project called CERFAS aims to define necessary software certification services for nuclear industry needs. Main areas of the service development activities are process assessment and product evaluation. Several additional modules and methods a... View full abstract»

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  • The Evolving Picture of Standardisation and Certification for Process Assessment

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):63 - 72
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    The International Standard for Process Assessment, ISO/IEC 15504, has evolved over a period of almost twenty years, supported by extensive research and empirical study. A forthcoming revision of the Standard is intended to transform it from a single, multi-part standard to a set of related standards using a defined numeric range. This transformation will lead to an expanded range of application, a... View full abstract»

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  • Towards Specification Patterns for Global Software Development Projects - Experiences from the Industry

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):73 - 78
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    The quality of a software requirements specification (SRS) is critical to project success, especially in global software development (GSD). Devising a high quality SRS however is difficult. Moreover, companies have compiled their own specification method, and find it impossible to rewrite rolled-out methods so profoundly that they address GSD specific challenges. We describe how Capgemini sd&m... View full abstract»

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  • Definition and Validation of Metrics for ITSM Process Models

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):79 - 88
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    Process metrics can be used to establish baselines, to predict the effort required to go from an “as-is” to a “to-be” scenario or to pinpoint problematic ITSM process models. Several metrics proposed in the literature for business process models can be used for ITSM process models as well. This paper formalizes some of those metrics and proposes some new ones, using the... View full abstract»

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  • Abstract Testing: Connecting Source Code Verification with Requirements

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):89 - 96
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    Traditionally, test cases are used to check whether a system conforms to its requirements. However, to achieve good quality and coverage, large amounts of test cases are needed, and thus huge efforts have to be put into test generation and maintenance. We propose a methodology, called Abstract Testing, in which test cases are replaced by verification scenarios. Such verification scenarios are more... View full abstract»

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  • MANTra: Towards Model Transformation Testing

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):97 - 105
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    Model-driven development is gaining importance in software engineering practice. This increasing usage asks for a new generation of testing tools to verify correctness and suitability of model transformations. This paper presents a novel approach to unit testing QVT Operational (QVTO) transformations, which overcomes limitations of currently available tools. Our proposal, called MANTra (Model tran... View full abstract»

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  • Investigating the Evolution of Bad Smells in Object-Oriented Code

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):106 - 115
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    Software design problems are known and perceived under many different terms such as bad smells, flaws, non-compliance to design principles, violation of heuristics, excessive metric values and antipatterns, signifying the importance of handling them in the construction and maintenance of software. Once a design problem is identified, it can be removed by applying an appropriate refactoring, improv... View full abstract»

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  • CSS Code Quality: A Metric for Abstractness; Or Why Humans Beat Machines in CSS Coding

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):116 - 121
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    Authoring CSS is a complex, time consuming task requiring not only skilled human graphic designers but also skilled human coders. Practice shows that today human authored code is still superior to machine generated CSS, but the code characteristics which make the difference have not been researched or even quantified yet. In this paper we introduce the abstractness factor, a quality metric which r... View full abstract»

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  • Comprehending Ajax Web Applications by the DynaRIA Tool

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):122 - 131
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    Thanks to Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) with their enhanced interactivity, responsiveness and dynamicity, the user experience in the Web 2.0 is becoming more and more appealing and user-friendly. The dynamic nature of RIAs and the heterogeneous technologies, frameworks, communication models used for implementing them negatively affect their analyzability and understandability. Consequently, sp... View full abstract»

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