Evaluating the cost of software quality

Sandra A. Slaughter, Donald F. Harter, Mayuram S. Krishna

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The cost of quality and return on quality from the perspective of software development are evaluated. Three new metric are introduced in the software engineering context: cost of software quality (COSQ), return of software quality (ROSQ), and software quality profitability index (SQPI). The results from a derailed longitudinal study on the economics of software quality at BDM International are reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Engineering Management Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Slaughter, S. A., Harter, D. F., & Krishna, M. S. (1998). Evaluating the cost of software quality. IEEE Engineering Management Review, 26(4), 32-37.