Cost of Delay and WSJF

All software work is time sensitive and there is a real cost of delay.  The speed at which new or improved software is implemented matters. Always. Being the first to implement an innovative capability can be be the competitive edge that makes one company thrive leaving its competitors to struggle. "speed and security are the keys [...]

Test User Stories with these 10 Tests

How do I test user stories? On most software activity the user stories are a terse reminder of the conversations between product owner, developer and tester. Although user stories are very short, the form is commonly misused and this leads to ambiguity, unnecessary discussion and rework.  In this article we set how to test user stories [...]

Shift Left Testing

Shift left - defined Shift left or shift left testing is the concept of performing quality assurance work as early as possible in the software development cycle to reduce the overall work required to deliver high quality software. Even in Agile there is a sequence that is followed in software development which is typically as follows: [...]

Improve Software Quality – Efficiently

A Universal Technique to Improve Software Quality Everyone wants to improve software quality as much as possible, provided that it does not slow down delivering new functionality. It just so happens that there is a single technique that can dramatically improve the quality of software development.  In this article, you will learn two key fundamentals: Knowledge [...]

Visualising Software Requirements

17th June 2020, Marlow, UK. ScopeMaster announces the auto-generation of requirements model diagrams from written software requirements.  Rather like  use case diagrams, this new charting feature allows you to explore your software requirements like never before, giving instant insight into validity, completeness, consistency and complexity. Many people think visually.  ScopeMaster takes written requirements, interprets them analyses [...]

Function points – comparison

We take a look at the various ways to measure software size Software sizing is not easy, because there are hundreds of languages, architectures and techniques for writing it.  The industry has tried many different approaches over the years, but the most effective is an approach called functional sizing.   Knowing the size is generally most useful [...]

Root causes of software bugs – Explained

Where do Software Defects Originate? Defects in software are inevitable.  Finding them before users find them is the key to success.  Although the perception is that the defects are caused by faulty code, this is NOT necessarily so.  In fact more defects are caused by poor requirements, poor architecture or poor design than poor [...]

ROI of 100x or more

Achieving an ROI of over 50% is usually considered quite good, but 100x (10,000%) is truly fantastic, and not possible, right?  Well actually it is, and you can achieve this with ScopeMaster. Here is how: ScopeMaster brings automation to a neglected aspect of software work - the requirements. Here's how: 1. Finds Defects Before Coding Right in [...]

Another first – automated sizing of user stories in Portuguese

14th October 2019 Counting function points -  Pontos de Função (PF) - is tedious clerical work that has, until now, been completely manual.  Thanks to a breakthrough this month, we can announce the forthcoming availability of automated Function Point Analysis from requirements written in Portuguese by ScopeMaster.  Why does this matter?  There are three main reasons: Knowing [...]

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