Measuring Effectiveness of Error Removal for Young Development Teams

As long as the final product is sound and free of defects and errors, the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the error removal process in software development is rarely a major concern — at least from the perspective of the buyer. It is an understandable position, especially since most buyers are satisfied with a vendor capable of providing the on-time delivery of quality software that meets the buyer’s initial expectations and falls within the original cost guidelines.

Although this seems to be a perfectly sensible position for any buyer to adopt, it is easy to conclude that most buyers would become far more interested in the importance of the error removal process if they were more keenly aware of the direct relationship between software development cost and error removal efficiency.

It is for this reason that buyers ought to become more familiar with the most critical error removal metrics, as a software development team capable of efficient and effective error removal processes is more likely to deliver cost-effective results while maintaining high standards for the overall quality of the software that is ultimately developed.

The Cost of Identifying and Fixing Errors

Unfortunately, both buyers and vendors tend to underestimate the short- and long-term costs associated with identifying and fixing errors during the software development process, not to mention the costs that will continually add up if any errors or bugs are allowed to remain in the released version of the software. According to one estimate that used a large software system with a function point size range of 10,000 as an example, nearly 50 cents of every dollar spent on development was devoted to identifying and fixings errors and defects over the system’s 25-year life expectancy.

When one considers the error removal costs associated not just with the development process but also the costs generated after the release of the software, it becomes much easier to understand why error removal and defect repairs are often considered the most expensive aspect associated with the development of high-quality software. For buyers, these potentially exorbitant — and often unseen — costs underscore the need for tools capable of accurately measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of a software development team’s error removal processes.

Measuring Error Removal: Operator Errors and Defect Removal Efficiency

For buyers, it should now be quite evident just how critical it is to understand which metrics are most useful in determining the overall effectiveness of the software development process — with error removal being particularly essential due to the reasons previously outlined. In addition to ensuring cost-efficient processes, several error removal metrics also provide some insight into the overall quality of the software created by a software development team, adding even more value for buyers who understand and apply these particular metrics.

Operator Errors

When a software development team is assembled, it is the goal of the leadership group to ensure that the team is comprised of individuals possessing complementary skill sets that account for all the different and complex components that make up the software development process. Without this kind of balance, the existence of any kind of skill gap within the team often results in operator errors that needlessly inflate the costs associated with identifying and fixing errors in the software.

A leadership team that makes use of this metric — which is designed to accurately outline operator errors — is much more likely to quickly identify and fill any skill gaps that might exist on the development team and can then begin the process of developing specific strategies to ensure these kinds of operator errors are avoided altogether as the development process continues. This benefits the buyer tremendously, as cost-efficiency is made more likely due to the simple avoidance of issues associated with overlooked defects or improper documentation stemming from operator errors.

Defect Removal Efficiency (DRE)

In terms of measuring error removal efficiency, DRE (Defect Removal Efficiency) is one of the most accurate and useful metrics available to those overseeing the software development process. This metric compares the number of defects in the final project to the number of defects reported by the software testing team, providing insight into just how efficiently team members are able to identify and address errors and defects that exist in the software.

Ideally, the software testing team’s DRE rating should be as close to 100 percent as possible, as this indicates that the team is remarkably efficient in identifying, removing, and resolving the errors that exist in the software being developed and tested. A DRE rating close to 100 percent also reveals quite a bit about the overall quality of the software, something that other error removal metrics often fail to account for.

Combining Prevention, Pre-Test Removal, and Testing for Efficient and Effective Error Removal

Buyers who understand the often complex processes associated with software development are better positioned to select a development team capable of delivering high-quality software that is both on time and on budget. When selecting a vendor, it is therefore critical for buyers to discuss the development team’s specific strategies for measuring error removal and how they intend to create an efficient and effective development process from beginning to end.

Although every team operates differently, it is often the case that the most effective development teams favor some combination of prevention, pre-test removal, and thorough testing practices to ensure efficient and effective error removal processes. Through the use of a synergistic approach that incorporates prevention, pre-test error removal, software testing tools combine with sound testing strategies, these teams are able to produce the high-quality and cost-efficient software buyers so frequently seek.

BoldLeads Reviews Methods for Enhancing Efficiency in Real Estate, Construction and Design

BoldLeads real estate constructionBusinesses in all industries should be constantly striving to develop methods for improving the efficiency of their relevant professional practices, as there is simply so much to be gained simply by focusing on drastically improving any existing inefficiencies while also identifying areas in which incremental gains can be made. According toBoldLeads, the industries that encompass real estate, construction and custom design could all benefit from an increased focus on efficiency.

Efficiency is just one of many areas of expertise for a company like BoldLeads, which has assisted real estate agents all over the country by streamlining and improving the entirety of the lead generation process by a significant margin. BoldLeads is not alone in seeking methods for enhancing the efficiency of practices associated with real estate, as one GIS analyst in Boston created a map of the city’s property values for quick and easy review and analysis.

In terms of construction and custom home design, many professionals are taking a cue from builders who are capable of providing comprehensive services that encompass everything from the initial building plans right up to the most minor interior design elements. Instead of working on coordinating the custom build with disparate contractors and sub-contractors all operating on different and often conflicting schedules, comprehensive custom building services are far more efficient in terms of the time spent on the project as well as the ease with which it is completed.

Luke Weil Reviews Steps for Building a Team of Social Entrepreneurs and Investors


luke weil investorsOne of the most interesting developments in investing and entrepreneurship that has taken place over the last few years surely has to be the rapidly increasing number of socially-conscious investors and entrepreneurs. While there has always been entrepreneurs working diligently to ensure their business endeavors also accomplished or contributed to some sort of social good, it seems that there is now an entire sector of investors and entrepreneurs whose sole focus is on generating a positive social impact while using the leverage they are able to wield through their business operations.

Luke Weil has been involved in a number of social entrepreneurial endeavors, including one in which his company is diligently working to preserve indigenous Amazonian medicines. In each one of his endeavors, Weil has found it incredibly valuable to assemble a team of like-minded individuals with the goal of ensuring the success and long-term viability of the project. This is of particular importance when one considers that the social good achieved through entrepreneurship may be viewed as unsustainable over the long term if the team is not able remain productive and on the same page throughout the entirety of the project.

In addition to these team-building principles, corporate philanthropic efforts should also be discussed and agreed upon during the course of assembling a team. This will allow team members to be fully invested in whatever model is ultimately selected, which will result in a greater likelihood of team members championing the model they adopt in the same way the Salesforce Foundation has championed the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy.

Michael Mally Gallery

Michael John Mally, a.k.a. Michael J. Mally is a San Diego artist who was kind enough to send over a few shots from his most recent photo shoot. A self-styled SD native, Michael Mally is a bit eccentric but you quickly grow to love his quirks. Namely, his is extremely aware of his surroundings. While we talked at a restaurant along a busy walking street, someone dropped their wallet and without missing a beat, he said, “Excuse me, you dropped something,” and continue his conversation with me!

Michael Mally is truly a class act and I can’t wait to see what he does next!

Arturo Alvarez-Demalde

Arturo Alvarez-DemaldeArturo Alvarez-Demalde was recently interviewed by Mario at IdeaMensch. Arturo Alvarez-Demalde’s interview can be summed up by saying, if you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out!

Alvarez-Demalde begins by talking about his childhood. Where he is from, what he has been through and who he knows. After his childhood, he starts talking about one of his passions, fresh food. It might seem strange but Arturo loves fresh produce! Talking about his high bush blueberries is a mouth-watering treat. His newly planted vineyard of Thompson seedless grapes will surely set the table for the final course, a dozen hens laying fresh eggs daily.

Arturo Alvarez DemaldeWhen talking about these various enjoyable endeavors he repeats that these are not about money but about the enjoyment he gets walking in the cool of the vineyard, watching the chickens come running when he takes them food each day and picking fresh blueberries in the heat of the summer. He talks about freezing blueberries in a 0 degree freezer so he will have fresh-frozen blueberries all year that don’t have to be imported from another country.

Arturo Alvarez-Demalde is clearly a man who has many talents but also many passions. At his current company, a brand management company, he has helped not only place them on the map, but point them in the right direction. Without his leadership, the company might not be around today!

Arturo Alvarez-Demalde is also a Harvard Business School Alumni!

Marlon Kobacker Discusses How to Build on Current Progress in Sustainable Energy Industry

Marlon Kobacker 1836While there is good reason to feel that more progress could have been made had the warnings of the scientific community been heeded much earlier, it is nonetheless impressive to see the advancements that have been made as a result of innovative professionals like Marlon Kobacker, who have all worked so hard to develop new technologies aimed at enhancing sustainability while reducing carbon emissions. Rather than look back at the critical junctures in which even greater progress could have occurred with the appropriate action or level of investment, the only thing to do now is to continue to look forward in order to build on the progress that has already been made.

According to Kobacker, a great deal of that progress has been made as a result of the successful reduction or removal of the capital cost barrier to sustainable design implementation. While these cost barriers have been largely removed due to the increased focus on early involvement on the part of sustainability consultants, Kobacker believes that even greater progress can be made through increased educational efforts aimed at delineating the short- and long-term benefits of a focus on sustainable design right from the earliest stages of any project.

When those in charge of a project are able to recognize the short- and long-term value of the kind of sustainable design that goes beyond the minimum requirements set forth through legislation or building codes, it is far more likely that progress will be able to continue on at an exponential rate. This is especially the case if the full range of benefits can be thoroughly outlined, as there are many instances in which the economic benefits are so significant that there is no rational argument to be made against the comprehensive utilization and implementation of sustainable design.

The Groza Learning Center on the Importance of a Comprehensive Approach to Education

With so many varied influences on academic success, students enrolled in the same classes in the same educational setting can still have incredibly unique academic experiences. It is therefore important that students adopt a comprehensive approach to education that includes strategies that can be implemented both inside and outside of the classroom. According to Scott Groza of the Groza Learning Center, a comprehensive approach to education should at least begin with the development of practical and productive study habits, and students should consider the inclusion of tutoring, test preparation and peer study groups.

Practical Study Skills Must Be Taught

Even students who are already performing well academically can benefit from improved study habits, especially since there are a number of simple strategies that can be employed to enhance overall efficiency and productivity. For students who have fallen behind or who have been struggling in a specific subject area, the cause may very well be related to the manner in which they approach their studies. Since this is an area that can be very easily improved, students should strongly consider taking advantage of any opportunity to learn about the methods available for enhancing their study skills.

Tutoring, Test Prep and Peer Study Groups

When students are exposed to information in varied settings, they are far more likely to retain that information over a long period of time. Through the use of one-on-one tutoring and peer study groups, students encounter and process this information across several different circumstances, helping to improve their academic performance in both the short and long term. This is particularly beneficial when this information appears on end-of-year exams or standardized testing, so it is of particular importance for students to pursue a variety of strategies that contribute to a comprehensive educational approach.

Valuable Lessons Can Be Found in Unexpected Places

Some of the wisest people I have met in my life have shared the common belief that there is a lesson to be learned in every circumstance and that a blind eye should never be turned to any potential source of a valuable lesson. As a writer, I have applied this belief as often as possible and have learned a great deal as a result, all coming from a diverse array of mostly unexpected sources. While searching for maintenance services I came across several 1 stop maintenance reviews, and I was impressed by the praise the company had received for its detail-oriented efforts in preventing issues from arising in the first place.

After reading more about 1 stop maintenance, I began to recognize that writing involves a great deal of preventive maintenance as well. In fact, some of my best work has been the result of what you might call preventive maintenance due to my habit of first creating a basic outline or sketch and adopting a set of writing rules designed with the specific assignment in mind. This helps keeps my work focused and structured in a way that eliminates the need for heavy editing or other time-consuming corrections to be completed after the act of writing. Doing things this way is a kind of preventive strategy, and reading about one stop maintenance really reinforced the importance of this particular strategy.

Since coming to this realization, I have tried to take a more focused and detailed approach to prevention and feel that this has benefitted my work tremendously. While there are some types of writing that require a bit more flexibility and creative leeway, I still believe that my work has improved significantly due to a simple lesson I took away from a company providing facility maintenance. If a writer can apply a lesson learned from the facility maintenance industry, it seems clear that there are lessons to be learned all around us and in the least likely of places.

Kimra Bettasso Interviewed by Inspirery

Kimra BettassoRenowned SEO expert Mike Munter recently interviewed Kimra Bettasso on his website Inspirery. In the interview Munter digs right in and asks the tough questions.

When asked about her success, Kimra Bettasso said,

I have always been committed to generating the best possible results for the clients I work with. I think the clients recognize that I am genuinely interested in securing their financial future, and this has helped to generate further interest in the services the company provides.
Interviews like this and others such as a recent interview by Sebastian Hirsch shows the true heart of Kimra and how she has a strong desire to help her clients.
Having a great set of interview questions is evident from both Munter and Hirsch as the both excel in their respective industries.
UPDATE: Here is a link to our first post about Kimra Bettasso on

Brandon Colker’s New Book, How to Make Big Bucks from Big Blogs

Brandon Colker BookAs a published author, I love to read. I’m sure that’s not surprising to most people. If you love to write you probably love to read. Brandon Colker is another one of those people like myself and it’s obvious in his writing.

Big Bucks from Big Blogs features the following chapters (with my notes as well).

  1. An Introduction to Passive Income Through Blogging – Blogging can give you not only more income, but time for what you love to do most. That’s why the focus on “passive” is so important. If you’re spending 10 hours a day you basically bought yourself a job.
  2. Outlining the Appropriate Use of Branding and Self- Promotion – Self promotion is very easy or very difficult depending on your temperament. If you’re outgoing and the life of the party it’s not going to be a problem. If you’re a wall flower (many writers are!) then this chapter will help you identify ways that you can brand yourself without appearing to be narcissistic.
  3. Identifying a Central Subject or Concept – What is your blog going to be about? This chapter helps figure out what your blog topic should relate to.
  4. Establishing Trust Through Expertise – The previous chapter helped identify a topic, that topic is hopefully something already in your wheelhouse and this chapter will give you the ability to relate your expertise and experience.
  5. Understanding the Importance of Consistency, Clarity and Quality – A consistent voice is very important for your readers. If they can’t relate to you and don’t feel a connection, they’re just a reader, not a follower or a fan.
  6. Building the Blog and Attracting an Audience – This is one of the most critical and difficult steps you’ll find with blogging. Now that you’ve written about a topic, how do you get people to come and read your writing? Colker will give you practical steps for building a readership that will share your content with their network.
  7. Passive Income Explained – Income is what makes your big blog worthwhile. You’ll read about how to create various passive income streams.
  8. When and How to Monetize (Passively!) – Most bloggers immediately put advertising all over their website and that’s not the best way to go about making money! When and how are two very important aspects of monetizing and (I won’t spoil it for you) Colker lays out a gameplan.
  9. Expanding Reach Through Additional Mediums – Social media, friends and other areas are all covered.
  10. Leveraging Expert Status to Generate Added Opportunities – This is my favorite chapter. After you become an expert the doors will be open to you. This will give you practical advice on which doors to walk through.

Colker has seen a lot of great reviews come in about his book. One of my favorite reviews comes from Miss Jena who says the following.

In this concise and to the point novella by Brandon Colker, he explains the many ways to make real, long term money utilizing the blogging platform. This is not the get rich quick and easy, rather the tried and true built up success. He covers very particular points, gives examples and points out potential pitfalls.

Another great review from

John Ross Jesensky links to a review from his WordPress blog too.

This book is now available on Audible (Narrated by Harry Roger Williams III, Kindle and in paperback as well.