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Untested Software Anti Pattern


The Anti Pattern

Untested software is an anti pattern that is due to a project that is behind schedule.

A decision to proceed with the delivery to demonstrate progress of a project over the proper testing.


Background

  • Project Behind Schedule
  • Project Scope Creep
  • Out-Sourced Development for part of the Project


The Story - Untested Software

In an effort to deliver on time, the Out-Sourced team does not deliver their project until code complete.

This means that testing does not start until after the construction phase is considered done by the project.

That means there is no development budget or resources for fixing code defects found during the testing phase of the project.


The Rub

  • The project is months late
  • There is a candidate release and testing is looking great
  • Plans are made for this to be the release

They are classifying all there found bug as minor. This is due to they are not allowed to release the software with bugs that are classified as critical or vital.



The Decision
  • A critical bug is found
  • A critical decision must be made
  • Do we fix the bug for this release or create a patch for the customer
  • It looks bad to ship a software product and days later require your customers to patch your product
  • However, it will take a full day to rebuild and several more to retest everything

As the project continues, the bad decisions continue to mount. How would you like to be the customer getting the first release of this software.

It is going to be defect riddled and the vendor knows it.


Lessons Learned
Best Practice Description
Software Quality Assurance QA monitors the software testing and ensuring testing process are followed.
  • Ensures problems are found and fixed
  • Monitors and improves the process
  • Ensures software quality
  • Software Quality Assurance

  • Software Testing Procedures

    Software Testing Procedures are the testing procedures and steps used to ensure the software application is tested and validating before releasing the software.

    For more information about avoiding Untested Software and other Software Testing Procedures


    Software Testing

    Software testing measures the completeness, correctness and quality of the software. Because these can be somewhat subjective depending on who is doing the testing, There have been many attempts to formalize testing requirements.

    For a deeper discussion about Software Testing


    Software Quality Assurance

    Software Quality Assurance provides the standards, processes and procedures that ensure that a software application meets it's requirements and is properly tested.

    For more information about Software Quality Assurance.



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