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Issues in Software Inspection
January/February 1997 (vol. 14 no. 1)
pp. 18-19

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In manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation, inspections are a routine part of business, making our lives safer and more comfortable. Yet in software, we generally leave inspections to companies that are quite advanced in their process maturity. Why do most companies skip inspections when there is so much to gain? In 1991, Don O'Neill began the National Software Quality Experiment, an ongoing database of software defects and inspections practice. In his study, participants from dozens of organizations describe defects and enter them into the experiment database. Here, O'Neill makes a case for implementing inspections at all levels of software development practice, based on what he has learned thus far.—Tomoo Matsubara

Don O'Neill, "Issues in Software Inspection," IEEE Software, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 18-19, Jan.-Feb. 1997, doi:10.1109/52.566420
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