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.

  • R

    release

    A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. (Continued...)

  • release plan

    In agile software development, a release plan is an evolving flowchart that describes which features will be delivered in upcoming releases. (Continued...)

  • requirements analysis (requirements engineering)

    Requirements analysis, also called requirements engineering, is the process of determining user expectations for a new or modified product... (Continued)

  • rescoring

    Rescoring is an Agile software development process in which the development team revisits a pre-defined list of user stories to review story point scores and adjust them up or down based on what the team has learned in previous development iterations.  

  • reuse-oriented model or reuse-oriented development (ROD)

    The reuse-oriented model, also called reuse-oriented development (ROD), is a method of software development in which a program is refined by producing a sequence of prototypes called models, each of which is automatically derived from the preceding one according to a sequence of defined rules... (Continued)

  • reverse engineering

    Reverse engineering is taking apart an object to see how it works in order to duplicate or enhance the object.

  • runtime

    Runtime is when a program is running (or being executable).

  • S

    S-HTTP (Secure HTTP)

    S-HTTP (Secure HTTP) is an extension to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that allows the secure exchange of files on the World Wide Web.

  • Scrum

    Scrum is a collaborative Agile development framework that breaks large processes down into small pieces in order to streamline efficiency.

  • session hijacking (TCP session hijacking)

    Session hijacking, also known as TCP session hijacking, is a method of taking over a Web user session by surreptitiously obtaining the session ID and masquerading as the authorized user... (Continued)

  • session ID

    A session ID is a unique number that a Web site's server assigns to identify a specific user for the duration of that user's visit (session)...

  • 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)

  • 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.

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