May, 2000 Newsletter Articles

Software Engineering Body of Knowledge

May 12, 2000 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The IEEE Computer Society and the ACM have been actively promoting software engineering as a profession and a legitimate engineering discipline. The Joint ACM-IEEE Computer Society Software Engineering Coordinating Committee authorized the preparation of a Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. The purpose of the Guide is to characterize the contents of the software engineering discipline, to promote a consistent view of software engineering worldwide, to clarify the place of, and set the boundary of, software engineering with...

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Baldrige Stock Index Outperforms S&P 500

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The Baldrige Index is a fictitious stock fund made up of publicly traded companies that have received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Last year it outperformed the Standard and Poor’s 500 by a factor of 4.8 to 1. Quality improvement is a great business strategy! Information on the Baldrige National Quality Program is available at: http://www.quality.nist.gov

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Positive Vote on the Draft ISO 9000 Family of Standards

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A May 18, 2000 press release from the International Organization for Standardization states the national standards institutes have returned a positive vote on the Draft International Standard (DIS) versions of the ISO 9000 revisions currently being developed. The documents – ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 – will now undergo further revision before their release as Final Draft International Standards (FDIS) in September 2000 for a two-month ballot. If that vote is positive, the ISO 9000 revisions will be published as full...

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What is Quality?

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The dictionary defines quality as a degree of excellence. Other interpretations for quality include: fitness for purpose value for money conformance to requirements This may explain why some say quality is in the eye of the beholder. They may not be able to define it, but will know it when they see it. Others try to be more precise and say quality is actually conformance to requirements. A measure of quality may also be how well a product exceeds expectations and pleases the customer. Of course, many customers are also concerned with price,...

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