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Failure-Modes-Based Software Reading

  • Develops a series of reading techniques based on common and prioritized failure modes in software artifacts

  • Covers all steps of the software creation process from requirements definition to testing and usability

  • Especially suitable for professionals in small teams, resource-constrained or agile organizations


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Computer Science book series (BRIEFSCOMPUTER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 1-6
  3. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 17-27
  4. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 29-37
  5. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 39-47
  6. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 49-62
  7. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 63-78
  8. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 79-84
  9. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 85-92
  10. Yang-Ming Zhu
    Pages 93-94
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 95-99

About this book


Identifying failure modes and their effects is critical to software failure mode and effects analysis and it largely depends on the analysts’ experience and the skill. This book develops a series of reading techniques based on common and prioritized failure modes in software requirements, software design, coding, and usability in order to makes the benefits of software failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) readily accessible to general software practitioners, particularly in small teams and resource-constrained organizations.

After a general introduction it offers an overview of software FMEA and discusses software review procedures and software reading techniques. Subsequent chapters present the basic ideas behind failure-modes-based reading techniques and examine the use of these techniques for software requirements, software design, software coding, software usability, and software testing. Covering the entire creation process, and including checklists and examples, it provides an easy introduction to the topic for professionals in software engineering and quality assurance.


Software Engineering Software Development Software Maintenance Software Quality Assurance Software Verification

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.SolonUSA

About the authors

Yang-Ming Zhu is a software architect at Philips with 18 years of industry experience in software engineering. His research and development interests focus on software engineering and image processing. He is a senior member of the IEEE, holds the Software Architecture Professional Certificate from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and has a PhD in physics, a MS in computer science and in biomedical engineering. He has authored or co-authored about 80 book chapters and scientific journal papers, and has 9 US patents. He is the author of “Software Reading Techniques” (Apress, 2016), and is involved in software FMEA of medical devices.

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