San Diego, CA Chapter


6055 Lusk Blvd, Building C
Room C1-A306-50
San Diego, CA

Date: Tuesday, January 27
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Networking: 6:30 – 7:00 PM
Presentation: 7:00 – 7:45 PM

Fees:$5.00 members $10.00 non-members

Presenter: Chris Holl

Chris Holl began his career in Quality Assurance in the late 1970’s at Boeing Computer Services in Seattle as a tester. His 30+ years of experience includes a variety of small startup companies and large companies such as Boeing, Sun, Science Applications International Company, 3Com, Intuit, Qualcomm, CareFusion, and HD Supply. His specific interests in quality are testing, requirements, metrics, inspections, defect management, and best practices. Chris has worked in hardware, software, embedded systems, and medical device companies. He is a former president of the Society for Software Quality, an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, and IEEE reviewer.

Chris started Intuit’s Software Engineering Process Group and became Intuit’s Corporate Software Metrics Leader, helping design and implement effective measurement systems across engineering. He enjoys sharing his experiences and has presented at many conferences and companies.

Topic: Phase Containment
How effective is the software development process at detecting defects through its lifecycle? Are defects being found “close” to where they are injected, or are they found later in the lifecycle where detection and correction can be much more expensive and have a greater impact on the schedule?

These questions can be answered by the Phase Containment metric (also know as Defect Leakage). This powerful measurement is more useful than the percentage of defects discovered in each lifecycle phase because simple percentage does not take into account where defects are injected. In order to accurately measure containment it is important to understand what is meant by a lifecycle phase, where defects are injected, where they are detected, and how to record the information.

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