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About the Book

What Drives Quality explores how quality plays a role in all of the software development activities. It takes a deep dive into quality by listing the relevant factors of development and management activities that drive the quality of software products. It provides a lean approach to quality by analyzing the full development chain from customer requests to delivering products to users.

I'm aiming this book at software developers and testers, architects, product owners and managers, agile coaches, Scrum masters, project managers, and operational and senior managers who consider quality to be important.

A book on quality should be practical. It should help you, the reader of this book, to improve the quality of your software and deliver better products. It should inspire you and give you energy to persevere on your quality journey. What drives quality tries to do just that, and more.

This book is based on my experience as a developer, tester, team leader, project manager, quality manager, process manager, consultant, coach, trainer, and adviser in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement. It takes a deep dive into quality with views from different perspectives and provides ideas, suggestions, practices, and experiences that will help you to improve quality of the products that your organization is delivering.

This book views software quality from an engineering, management, and social perspective. It explores the interaction between all involved in delivering high-quality software to users and provides ideas to do it quicker and at lower costs.

The book will be released on September 30, 2017. Thanks to Leanpub you will automatically receive all future versions for free if you buy the book :-).

Feedback on this book is very much appreciated. Please sent your suggestions, comments, ideas or questions to BenLinders@gmail.com.

This book is based on the blog series What Drives Quality by Ben Linders.

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About the Author

Ben Linders
Ben Linders

Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands. Author of Getting Value out of Agile RetrospectivesWaardevolle Agile RetrospectivesWhat Drives Quality and Continuous Improvement.

As an adviser, coach and trainer he helps organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers.

Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for Culture and Methods at InfoQ and as an expert in communities like ComputableQuoraDZone, and TechTarget. Follow him on twitter: @BenLinders.

In need of advice, consultancy, training? Have a question? Contact me!  info@benlinders.com

Reader Testimonials

Bill Curtis
Bill Curtis

Director, Consortium for IT Software Quality

This book is a succinct summary of what we know about software quality and how to apply it. It can be read in "agile time", and delivers a solid overview that can set readers on course to higher quality, lower risk software. This book is a valuable contribution to professional software engineering practice. Half of the book is devoted to agile quality techniques. Ben’s objective is to make sure the speed of delivery is matched by the speed of assurance.

William R. Corcoran
William R. Corcoran

Editor of The Firebird Forum

What Drives Quality" was a delight to read. It flows well. It is about a lot more than software quality, touching on many of the ideas that have been tried and true for quality in general. Ben Linders has a charming style of writing that is both challenging and thought provoking. I recommend the book for anyone who wants to achieve quality or wants to avoid being the victim of self-inflicted or other quality issues.

Shiv Sivaguru
Shiv Sivaguru

Advisor and Coach, PM Power Consulting

Congratulations on putting together a veritable index of various resources related to understanding aspects that drive quality in a software development lifecycle. This is a must-read for all persons contributing to the development or enhancement of software.

Shane Hastie
Shane Hastie

Director of Agile Learning Programs at ICAgile

Ben’s book is a reflection of his deep knowledge and experience helping teams and organisations identify what quality is in software, why it matters and how to optimise the right qualities for a product. He explores how quality is impacted by the organisational processes and from the perspective of the individual contributor, and gives concrete, tangible advice on how to make better products which meet customer needs effectively. He does this in an entertaining and interesting writing style.

Capers Jones
Capers Jones

VP and Chief Technology Officer at Namcook Analytics LLC

This interesting book is a welcome addition to the agile literature. Ben's book also covers testing and other forms of software defect removal. Ben's book is somewhat congruent with my own older book, "The Economics of Software Quality". Up until Ben Linders' book agile averaged about 92.5% in removing bugs. Hopefully the tips and advice in Ben's book can raise agile DRE up above 97% which is the range of the TSP methodology. Overall Ben's book has good advice about improving software quality.

Eran Kinsbruner
Eran Kinsbruner

technical evangelist at Perfecto

What Drives Quality is a one stop shop reference for software development and testing practitioners. Ben Linders shares highly useful and practical guidelines and recommendations that can help drive quality based decisions into any organization that is maturing its software development process. In addition, the book offers experience based case studies and pointers that can help the readers drive better quality into their agile practices.

Gojo Adzic
Gojo Adzic

partner at Neuri Consulting LLP

This book is a lovely collection of ideas for anyone looking to to improve their software development process.

Diomidis Spinellis
Diomidis Spinellis

Professor of software engineering, programmer, and technology author

Many pieces of useful advice in an easy-to-read book.

Brandi Olson
Brandi Olson

Agile Strategy, Lean Data, and Coaching ,Brandi Olson Consulting

Ben's book is practical and actionable. It's a great foundation for agile beginners and also full of resources for advanced practitioners. I am already using the ideas in my coaching work with teams and their executive leaders.

Rik D'huyvetters
Rik D'huyvetters

Senior Software Engineer at The Reference

This book is a roadmap to better software with advice for people at all levels of the organisation. I love that it’s not only based on agile practices, but also on what works in the field. Go buy it!

Paul Hookham
Paul Hookham

Interim IT Head of Delivery and Performance Improvement

Great content, full of do's and don'ts. It looks at quality and why it is so important to understand the customers' needs before deciding which approach to take. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in software quality

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