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May 1, 1997
Quality Assurance is not spelled "T-E-S-T-I-N-G"
Paul Liebertz, Zenith Electronics Corporation

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Quality Assurance is not spelled "T-E-S-T-I-N-G"

A great majority of those involved in the production of software are under the impression that quality assurance is spelled "t-e-s-t-i-n-g". It is doubtful whether quality can be tested into a product. Not, at least, without tremendous cost. Indeed, testing discovers the lack of quality.

The speaker poses the question, "If we relegate the efforts of quality assurance to the role of testing a software program, who is supporting the assurance for quality for the production of software?" If indeed there is a discipline of or for software production, then it is that discipline to which the idea of quality assurance should be applied. The speaker will discuss that discipline and the responsibilities that exist for a complete software quality assurance solution.


Paul Liebertz is currently the Software Quality Assurance Manager at the Network Systems Division of Zenith Electronics Corporation. He formerly served as the quality assurance officer on several spacecraft projects and as Software Assurance Manager for the development of the Command and Control System for the Hubble Space Telescope. He has also consulted with Martin Marietta on a "star wars" effort, mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, NASA's Network Control Center, and Computer Science Corporation's Industry Services Division on the Federal Telephone System 2000.

Paul graduated with a B.S. from City University of New York. He is a member and contributor to several subcommittees supporting the IEEE Software Standards Collection.

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