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DEFINITION: SPICE (Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination) is an international framework for assessment of software processes developed jointly by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission). SPICE is specified in ISO/IEC 15504. Essentially, ISO/IEC 15504 comprises a guide to performing an assessment for software development  … 
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Empower your Developers
sponsored by Coverity
WHITE PAPER: The repercussions of releasing unsecure software in today’s markets are severe – due in large part to the proliferation of constantly-connected, mobile devices. This white paper provides an overview of these challenges, and demonstrates the steps you can take to arm your developers against the risks of modern application development.
Posted: 16 May 2011 | Published: 16 May 2011

Coverity

Agile Transformation Strategy
sponsored by CollabNet
WHITE PAPER: The CollabNet Agile Coaches have observed patterns and key milestones in the way organizations adopt and scale Agile. "Agile Transformation Strategy," by Angela Druckman, CollabNet Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Transformational Coach, outlines a sound strategy and transformational "blueprint" to help guide organizations on the path to Agility.
Posted: 08 Apr 2011 | Published: 08 Apr 2011

CollabNet

A Practical Guide to Identifying Slow Code During Development
sponsored by Micro Focus, Ltd
WHITE PAPER: Many seemingly innocent coding practices can cause code to execute slowly. It’s far better for software quality, and less costly for the business, to find slow code before it becomes a business problem. This white paper examines the main causes and provides a practical guide to identifying them.
Posted: 07 Apr 2011 | Published: 07 Apr 2011

Micro Focus, Ltd

Managing Quality in Product Line Engineering - An Automotive Story
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to receive answers about how to address quality within product line engineering frameworks.
Posted: 30 Mar 2011 | Published: 30 Mar 2011

IBM

Reducing Rework Through Effective Requirements Management
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: There's a secret about poor requirements management that everybody knows but nobody wants to talk about: up to 85% of rework costs are due to requirements defects. This paper discusses how improving your requirements management process offers one of the most effective ways to cut costs.
Posted: 23 Mar 2011 | Published: 23 Mar 2011

IBM

Quality Management Across the Product and Application Lifecycle
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: IBM Rational offers a life-cycle approach to managing quality through quality management solutions, test integration, integrated requirements management and lean collaborative development to help you achieve greater consistency, efficiency and predictability in your delivered solutions. Download this paper to learn more. 
Posted: 23 Mar 2011 | Published: 23 Mar 2011

IBM

Balancing Risk and Complexity with Quality Management
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper shows you how a combined IBM and Wind River quality management solution can help you deliver higher-quality products to the marketplace faster.
Posted: 21 Mar 2011 | Published: 21 Mar 2011

IBM

Lean Development Governance
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Effective governance for lean development isn’t about command and control. Instead, the focus is on enabling the right behaviors and practices through collaborative and supportive techniques. Learn how to form a lightweight, collaboration-based framework that reflects the realities of modern IT organizations.
Posted: 21 Mar 2011 | Published: 21 Mar 2011

IBM

Application Note: Structured Testing - The Path to Thorough Code Coverage
sponsored by McCabe Software, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Basis path testing, also known as Structured Testing, is the primary code-based testing strategy recommended by McCabe Software and supported by McCabe IQ. The main idea behind this testing is that decision outcomes within a software function should be tested independently. This article provides an overview of the benefits of basis path testing.
Posted: 15 Mar 2011 | Published: 15 Mar 2011

McCabe Software, Inc.

Software Agitation: Your Own Personal Code Reviewer
sponsored by Agitar Software
WHITE PAPER: Agitator helps you debug your code while you write it - a benefit that no other existing Java Testing tool can claim. Agitator can also be extremely beneficial when run on legacy code - even code that has been reviewed by other developers and deemed to be “sufficient” and “properly written.” Learn how Agitar can be your own personal code reviewer.
Posted: 10 Mar 2011 | Published: 10 Mar 2011

Agitar Software

Release Management: Closing the Gap in Application Lifecycle Management
sponsored by SERENA Software, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Businesses are struggling to keep up with the massive amount of change to their software applications. By strategically automating release management, companies can create a crisp, accurate Release Management function that dramatically boosts the competitive edge gained from application change. Control application change or let it control you.
Posted: 18 Jan 2011 | Published: 18 Jan 2011

SERENA Software, Inc.

An Agile Approach to "Metrics": Applied Macromeasurements to Ensure On-Time Delivery
sponsored by CollabNet
WHITE PAPER: This article challenges the value of traditional metrics for managing product development schedules and presents an alternative compatible with Agile approaches such as Scrum and XP. It is written for development managers or Scrum Product Owners who want to make decisions based on empirically derived schedule forecasts instead of shots in the dark.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 | Published: 17 Jan 2011

CollabNet

Agile in the Cloud - Keeping Development Teams Grounded
sponsored by CollabNet
WHITE PAPER: Agile makes teams responsive to the needs of the business and empowers them to be adaptable and flexible. Agile processes help to break down barriers between development and production, allowing teams to work together to meet stakeholder expectations. Agile and Cloud free developers to innovate and to ultimately bring value to the business.
Posted: 13 Jan 2011 | Published: 13 Jan 2011

CollabNet

Identify and Leverage Your Existing Service Life Cycles
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This executive brief will illustrate the progression of service management since the 1990s, illuminate the hidden service life cycles and discuss how, once they are visible, we can start to make them work — to improve services and better align IT with business objectives.
Posted: 03 Dec 2010 | Published: 03 Dec 2010

IBM

Using Cyclomatic Path Analysis to Detect Security Vulnerabilities
sponsored by McCabe Software, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: The paper discusses how path coverage is better than branch or statement coverage in testing to uncover security vulnerabilities, including showing how several CWE vulnerabilities could be undetected by branch coverage but detected by path coverage. Download this paper and find out how Cyclomatic Path Analysis can uncover these vulnerabilities.
Posted: 10 Nov 2010 | Published: 10 Nov 2010

McCabe Software, Inc.

Value-Driven Quality Management for Complex Systems: Six Strategies for Reducing Cost and Risk
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This paper looks at quality strategies which deliver a positive operational return on investment, improving quality whilst reducing cost and risk. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 02 Nov 2010 | Published: 08 Jul 2010

IBM

Deliver Robust Products at Reduced Cost by Linking Model-Driven Software Testing to Quality Management
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Your customers expect the highest quality in the products you deliver. Discover how a comprehensive, integrated, automated requirements centric model and code based test environment managed with an extensible quality management system can increase market acceptance, ensure customer loyalty and deliver superior outcomes.
Posted: 02 Nov 2010 | Published: 01 Sep 2009

IBM

Open Source at Intel: Building with the Ecosystem
sponsored by Intel
WHITE PAPER: To enable a broad spectrum of software environments and programs to run best on Intel processors and platforms, Intel offers deep technical expertise, makes significant contributions, and actively participates in standards bodies. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 29 Oct 2010 | Published: 26 Mar 2010

Intel

Tools and Frameworks for Collaborative Development Communities in the Enterprise A New Model for Distributed Teams
sponsored by CollabNet
WHITE PAPER: Collaboration has become an operational necessity for organizations. To succeed in today’s intensely competitive markets, an enterprise must enable collaboration among all members of its global development organization. This requires new tools and processes. Read this paper for insight into deploying an enterprise-class ALM platform.
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 | Published: 04 Oct 2010

CollabNet

Issue Tracking in an Agile Development Environment
sponsored by CollabNet
WHITE PAPER: The term "issue tracking software" is often associated with bug trackers. Yet in software development, the definition of an "issue" is much broader. As more organizations embrace Agile methods for development, they’re turning to agile project management tools to help manage the many issues that arise during the course of a software release cycle.
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 | Published: 04 Oct 2010

CollabNet

The Review Center Playbook: A how-to guide to using the Review Center within Contour
sponsored by Jama Software
WHITE PAPER: Review Center is a module within Contour that provides a fast and agile way to collaborate on requirements. It enables teams to discuss, review and approve requirements with stakeholders and customers in real-time. It can also cut requirements approval cycles from weeks to days. This playbook provides a step-by-step guide on how to use it.
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 | Published: 21 Sep 2010

Jama Software

6 Tips to Get Started with Automated Testing
sponsored by SmartBear Software
WHITE PAPER: Automated testing will shorten your development cycles, avoid cumbersome repetitive tasks and help improve software quality but how do you get started? The best practices discussed in this white paper help ensure results and a successful foundation for improving your software quality.
Posted: 14 Sep 2010 | Published: 14 Sep 2010

SmartBear Software

11 Best Practices for Peer Code Review
sponsored by SmartBear Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper recommends best practices for efficient, lightweight peer code review that have been proven to be effective via scientific study and extensive field experience. Use the techniques discussed in this paper to ensure your code reviews improve your code and make the most of your developers' time.
Posted: 14 Sep 2010 | Published: 14 Sep 2010

SmartBear Software

Uniting Your Automated and Manual Test Efforts
sponsored by SmartBear Software
WHITE PAPER: Software development teams are always looking for an edge to produce features more quickly while retaining a high level of software quality. This document describes best practices for uniting both automated and manual test efforts to improve your software releases and obtain the highest quality releases in the shortest amount of time.
Posted: 14 Sep 2010 | Published: 14 Sep 2010

SmartBear Software

Cutting Edge Multicore Development Techniques for the Next Wave of Electronics Products
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: As more and more software is embedded into both consumer and industrial electronics, the electronics industry is being challenged with ensuring rigor within its software development process, often a new core competency, and the integration of hardware and software. Read this paper to learn about solutions that address these complex challenges.
Posted: 01 Sep 2010 | Published: 19 Mar 2010

IBM
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SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE DEFINITION (continued): …  projects. It includes a description of this assessment process, a model for performing an assessment, a description of tools that may be used as part of the assessment process and a discussion of factors that contribute to the success of such an assessment. ISO/IEC make reference to more specific standards but do not set them out. The SPICE standard seeks to describe the preferred order in which activities should occur in a software development project, with particular emphasis on an organization's management and process definition structures. The ultimate goal of ISO/IEC 15504 is to achieve process … 
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