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While the need for software development is booming in light of steep demand for apps, systems, and tech-driven innovation, there is a growing convergence in the quality delivered by IT development houses.
The rise of digital transformation has fuelled demand for digital across all facets. Companies are adopting digital to achieve better customer experience or improved operations. Consumers embrace digital to communicate with governments and manage dealings including healthcare, banking, and leisure activities.
Illustrating the rapid rise of digital, take apps as an example. Today, there are more than 5 million apps in the App Store (2.8 million) on Google Play (2.2 million). Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has made digital-only more relevant and important. Due to the need for remote working and social distancing, digital tools have emerged as the new way of working, and according to many, one that is here to stay.
The world of digital is powered by software developers, who lead the software development process. According to Evans Data Corporation, last year there were about 23.9 million software developers, and while this sounds like a lot, the field is facing a (growing) shortage. One estimate even places the demand for software at twice the current supply, meaning that organizations are having to prioritize their IT work or forego on some of their digital ambitions.
Quality in software development?
The strain of software development teams is however leading to concerns about quality. Because while a lot of software is being created, benchmarks have shown that these can differ markedly in quality.
The first point highlighted by the experts is that in many areas, there are no clear standards or global guidelines for outlining and measuring the quality of a software product. Instead, ‘quality’ is determined by factors including meeting the expectations of consumers, abiding by security principles, or meeting requirements set by managers and IT-leaders of companies.
The experts say that quality can broadly be assessed across three levels. First, the functional qualities of the software. Here, it is about meeting user expectations. If the users are satisfied with the product it means it has been well designed and developed. The ISO 8402-1986 standard for instance spells out that quality is about meeting and satisfying the implied needs.
A second level is the structural setup of the software. According to the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ), there are five structural indicators that determine the ‘value’ of software: reliability, efficiency, security, maintainability, and (adequate) size.
The third level looks purely at the extent to which software meets the proof-of-concept, the business case set by management, and the software development process spelled out. If developers are able to meet these objectives, then they have satisfactorily fulfilled what was expected of them