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Software Quality Management in OpenVMS v7.2: a case study
Topic Area:
Track: Open VMS
Topic: Process/Policy/Procedures
Type:  Breakout Session

Schedule:
11/10/99   01:30 PM     Duration: 90 Min.     Room: 2

Presenter:
Joshua Cope
Software Quality Engineer, Compaq Computer Corporation  

Abstract:
Start with a perfectly good, stable, reliable operating system. Now add a million or so lines of code which implement dozens of new features, add support for new hardware platforms and adapters, and modify core pieces of the OS such as clustering and security. Maintain backwards compatibility for all user-mode applications, and support for practically all existing hardware. Keep an eye on performance and reliability - after all, this is a bet-your-business, 24x365 product. Oh, and could you ship it by the end of the year? These sorts of demands are made of OpenVMS Engineering for every functional release. In this session, we introduce some of the processes we use to deliver a quality product which continues to meet our customers' high expectations. We will focus on the design, validation and qualification process for an OpenVMS development project, drawing examples from OpenVMS version 7.2, but will also discuss system testing for the OS as a whole. This session will be useful for organizations managing large software development projects who are interested in ways to manage quality and testing. It also may interest OpenVMS system managers who are simply curious about how we put the OS "through its paces" before a release.

Objectives:
Understand, at a high level, the process used to validate a functional release of the OpenVMS operating system.
 
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Prerequisites for attendees:
No prerequisites are required. Some familiarity with basic software quality terms (unit testing, regression testing, and so on) will be useful.

Required Skill Level:
Intermediate
Assumes general knowledge of topic, familiarity w/basic terms & procedures

                                                                                                                                                                           

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