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Introduction to Software Quality

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to software quality and software process improvement

  • Examines the various tools that support software engineering, and offers detailed coverage of software metrics and problem solving

  • Introduces formal methods, and approaches software quality from both the project-management and configuration-management perspectives


Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
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About this book


In order to maintain strong levels customer satisfaction and loyalty, software developers face considerable pressure to meet expectations for high-quality software products that are consistently delivered on time. 

Introduction to Software Quality describes the approaches used by software engineers to build quality into their software. The fundamental principles of software quality management and software process im­provement are discussed in detail, with a particular focus on the capability maturity model integration (CMMI) framework.

Topics and features:

  • Includes review questions at the end of each chapter
  • Covers both theory and practice, in addition to providing guidance on applying the theory in an industrial environment
  • Examines all aspects of the software development process, including project planning and tracking, software lifecycles, software inspections and testing, configuration management, and software quality assurance
  • Provides detailed coverage of software metrics and problem solving
  • Describes SCAMPI appraisals and how they form part of the continuous improvement cycle
  • Presents an introduction to formal methods and the Z specification language, which are important in the safety critical field
  • Discusses UML, which is used to describe the architecture of the system
  • Reviews the history of the field of software quality, highlighting the pioneers who made key contributions to this area

This clearly written and easy-to-follow textbook will be invaluable to students of computer science who wish to learn how to build high-quality and reliable software on time and on budget. Software engineers, quality professionals and software managers in industry will also find the book to be a useful tool for self-study.


Formal Methods Process Improvement Project Management Quality Control Software Engineering

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.SQC ConsultingMallowIreland

About the authors

Dr. Gerard O'Regan is a CMMI software process improvement consultant with research interests including software quality and software process improvement, mathematical approaches to software quality, and the history of computing. He is the author of such Springer titles as Giants of Computing, Mathematics in Computing, A Brief History of Computing, Introduction to Software Process Improvement, and Mathematical Approaches to Software Quality.

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From the book reviews:

“This book is true to its title: a comprehensive introduction to software quality aimed primarily at undergraduate students. … the breadth and the appropriateness of the topics covered make this book a welcome addition both to a university library bookshelf and to personal libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Students of all levels, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (L. Benedicenti, Choice, Vol. 52 (6), February, 2015)

“If you are looking for a good, compact overview of software quality, this book is for you. … The book covers many research areas and tools in 20 chapters over 350 densely packed pages. … this is a good reference book for students and practitioners in software research, development, and installation management.” (Birol Aygün, Computing Reviews, September, 2014)