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For decades, the “best practice” for developing high-quality,
low-defect software has been to devise a detailed “software
development plan” and then generate mountains of paperwork to go
with the software. The space shuttle flight
software is built this way, for example. The result is highly
reliable software, but the practice is slow, expensive, stifles
innovation, and most programmers hate it.
It does not have to be this way.
We argue that prolix software development plans can usually be
replaced by a handful of simple checklists that result in improved
software quality and reduced total development time. The
trick is in getting the checklists right. A good checklist can
work wonders, but a bad checklist can be worse than no checklist
Topics covered in this presentation include:
ichard Hipp has been working in 0pen-source software for decades and is the lead programmer for SQLite database and the Fossil DVCS. He is the recipient of the 2005 Google/O’Reilly Open Source Award for Best Integrator.
Richard holds graduate degrees from Georgia Tech and Duke University. He lives in Charlotte, NC, and makes his living writing and supporting open-source software.
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