May 22, 2008

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

This expression means that it is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than trying to fix them once they arise.  If that is so, and I do believe this homily is accurate, then "an ounce of prevention against poor software quality is worth a pound of customer loyalty, and a ton of corporate profits!" How so?  Well, Seapine Software has now surveyed nearly one thousand software development and QA individuals through our Seapine Software Quality-Ready Assessment and found that 20% of organizations have limited ability to trace software development artifacts and that 19% of organizations do not track project data electronically.  The survey also uncovered that if software organizations release once per year that 34% of those organizations are only on-time and within budget once every four years.  Ouch!  What actions should they be taking to guard against poor software quality?  To find out take a look at our most recent QRA Fast Facts white paper: