No offense, but I’m not addicted to representative measures. In some areas, I am more than happy to have them. Like when talking about the balance of my checking and savings accounts. In that case, I’d like representative measures, to the nearest cent. But I don’t need representative measures 100 percent of the time. On the contrary, in some areas, I strongly need non-representative measures to provide me with some efficient guidance.
Did the press club have a meeting? Because this is the second time in two weeks that we’ve been in the press. Last week, I spoke with Business Insider in response to Marc Cuban’s comments about the NYSE’s role in high frequency trading. And this week, I sat down with Karl Flinders at ComputerWeekly.com to discuss some other issues surrounding application outsourcing and outsourced QA. Karl does a nice job summarizing some key points in a crisp way. The story ran today, and we wanted to share it with everyone to help raise awareness about how systematic analysis of your applications can improve our ability to work with outsourcing partners, … Read More
I’ve been asked time and again how CAST is different from performance engineering. And here’s my answer: The CAST discipline of software analysis and measurement versus performance engineering couldn’t be more different. And I’ll explain why and how in a moment. But along with that, it should be noted that they also are like peanut butter and chocolate — they can go very well together. Here’s the high level explanation, which I’ll drill into further for those of you who like details. Fundamentally, when you’re dealing with CAST, you’re improving code quality during the engineering phase and throughout the development of the product. CAST technology is used as the code … Read More
Risk detection is the most valid justification to the Software Analysis and Measurement activity: identify any threat that can negatively and severely impact the behavior of applications in operations as well as the application maintenance and development activity. “Most valid justification” sounds great, but it’s also quite difficult to manage. Few organizations keep track of software issues that originate from the software source code and architecture so that it is difficult to define objective target requirements that could support a “zero defects” approach. Without clear requirements, it is the best way to invest one’s time and resources in the wrong place: removing too few or too much non-compliant situation in … Read More
Happy Independence Day everybody! I only hope those of you reading this on your Android device have not turned it sideways or performed some other seemingly innocuous action that has made this application fail. I say this because I recently read yet another blog about “workarounds” to compensate for application failures inherent in Android devices. These pieces have become almost ubiquitous over the past 18 months to the point where one would think Google would just go back and perform the structural quality analysis it needs to do to address the issues. Their failure to do so reminds me on this day before Independence Day of the opening lines of … Read More
I have been an East-Coaster all my life. I’ve lived, worked and even attended college in states that all lie East of the Mississippi. However, throughout my 18 years working in the technology business, my clients have been spread out around the U.S. and abroad. I’ve found myself doing phone calls before the sun rises and well after it has set. That’s just the way it is in this business. While it is admittedly easier to write about companies that are located in another state, I the remote worker hardly begins and ends with us writers. More often than not I’m working with companies that have developers, architects, managers, directors … Read More
I’m not one who believes in fortune tellers or those who claim to be able to predict the future. Heck, I don’t even read my horoscope and cringe whenever someone attempts to force it upon me. Only when my wife has attempted to read me my horoscope have I offered even as much as a polite “hmm.” Nevertheless there are many out there who swear by those who claim to be able to predict the future, especially in the financial industry. And while there were those who predicted a rocky road for Facebook’s IPO, it is doubtful that anybody could have foreseen NASDAQ’s technical melt down that surrounded the Facebook IPO. … Read More