The average cost to fix a defect at the end of the lifecycle is 400-800 times greater than if it were addressed earlier. On average, poor requirement practices account for 60 percent of a project’s time and budget. Organizations with well-defined, closely managed, and effectively measured quality activities succeed and continuously improve. Yet, in a recent survey, 77 percent of managers reported that bad decisions have been made due to a lack of accurate information. During this presentation, David will discuss the TMMi model which is the de facto international standard to assess and improve test maturity, featuring independent best practices from more than 14 quality and test models. He will review the best practices and identify key quality test measures that should be institutionalized to collect the data needed to determine effective and efficient organizational performance. You will explore how TMMI can be used in conjunction with the GQM model to ensure that upper management is provided with the information they need to make informed business decisions.

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David Herron, David Consulting GroupPatricia Eglin, David Consulting Group

David Herron brings over 35 years of experience in functional measurement and software process improvement. An authority on software development, he is regularly sought after by Fortune 1000 companies where he provides guidance on the use of metrics to monitor the impact of IT on the business and the governance of offshore development initiatives. One of the original founders of the David Consulting Group, he is now engaged with DCG as a Business Development Manager and VP of Knowledge Solution Services. David is an acknowledged authority in the areas of performance measurement, process improvement, and organizational change management. He is also a noted author and lecturer and has co-authored several books on topics relating to IT performance measurement.

Patricia Eglin brings over 15 years of experience in software testing, measurement, and process improvement. A certified instructor through the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon, she works with companies of various sizes and in various industries to evaluate current practices against a number of widely proven quality models and identify areas for improvement. Patricia heads the Project Management Office of David Consulting Group and is a Senior Consultant. She is also a lecturer and contributor to published works on quality models and measurement.