Software and Systems Engineering

How to Deliver High Quality Software

Development teams are taking software quality seriously and building quality and security into the software development lifecycle where possible. Take DevOps and DevSecOps, increasingly embraced by enterprise IT teams to tighten the feedback loop between IT, operations, and the customer. Legacy IT modernization continues to be a top priority to improve software resilience and reduce cost and risk. We are seeing more advocates for quality across the teams, and management has the data on the cost of poor quality software and motivation it needs to provide the air cover and support to prioritize quality.

Best-in-class software engineering teams are building out their toolchains and increasing automation to provide better coverage and quality at scale. By paying attention to quality, the teams are saving time by producing better code and architecture that requires less maintenance and rework.

The code quality standards from CISQ (the set of coding rules for Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, and Maintainability) can be detected in source code through static analysis or run at the quality gate stage ahead of release. Today, up to 90% of an application consists of third-party code, and it is critical to measure the source code for vulnerabilities.

A new trend in enterprise IT management is to empower Agile teams to make bold, innovative decisions with greater autonomy by leveraging software quality and measurement metrics that are meaningful to the business.