Software Quality Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing software quality and related products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

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    session prediction (credential/session prediction)

    Session prediction, also called credential/session prediction, is a method of surreptitiously obtaining data (called a session ID) about an authorized visitor to a Web site... (Continued)

  • shift-right testing

    Shift-right testing is a method of continuously testing software while it is in a post-production environment.

  • shotgun debugging

    Shotgun debugging is the debugging of a program, hardware, or system problem using the approach of trying several possible solutions at the same time in the hope that one of them will work.

  • smoke testing

    Smoke testing, also called build verification testing or build acceptance testing, is nonexhaustive software analysis that ascertains that the most crucial functions of a program work but does not delve into finer details.

  • soak testing

    Soak testing is a type of performance evaluation that gauges how an application handles a growing number of users or increasingly taxing tasks over an extended period of time.

  • software development life cycle (SDLC)

    The software development life cycle (SDLC) is a framework used in project management to describe the stages and tasks involved in each step of writing and deploying the instructions and data computers use to execute specific tasks.

  • Software Engineering Institute (SEI)

    The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a research, development and training center involved in computer software and network security. The SEI works with industry, academic institutions and the United States government to improve the performance and reliability of computer systems by managing pilot programs, conducting tests, offering courses and providing services for licensing and publication... (Continued)

  • Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination (SPICE)

    SPICE (Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination) is an international framework for assessment of software processes developed jointly by the ISO and the IEC. SPICE is specified in ISO/IEC 15504... (Continued)

  • software requirements specification (SRS)

    A software requirements specification (SRS) is a comprehensive description of the intended purpose and environment for software under development. The SRS fully describes what the software will do and how it will be expected to perform... (Continued)

  • software resilience testing

    Software resilience testing is a method of software testing that focuses on ensuring that applications will perform well in real-life or chaotic conditions.

  • source code analysis

    Source code analysis is the automated testing of source code for the purpose of debugging a computer program or application before it is distributed or sold.

  • specification by example (SBE)

    Specification by example (SBE) is a user-driven contextual approach to defining software requirements. This approach encourages communication between a project's business owners and the software development team while also aligning software specifications with user acceptance testing.

  • spike

    A spike is a sharp rise in the frequency for a given variable, usually immediately followed by a decrease. This sort of transient variation is often seen in the measurement of voltage or current in circuits. (Continued...)

  • spike testing

    Spike testing is a type of performance testing where an application is tested with a sudden and extreme increase in load, such as user traffic or system transactions.

  • spiral model

    The spiral model is a systems development lifecycle (SDLC) method used for risk management that combines the iterative development process model with elements of the waterfall model.

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