Here is an article of Steve McConnell:
Software Quality at Top Speed

Extrait:

Some project managers try to shorten their schedules by reducing the time spent on quality-assurance practices such as design and code reviews. Some shortchange the upstream activities of requirements analysis and design. Others–running late–try to make up time by compressing the testing schedule, which is vulnerable to reduction since it’s the critical-path item at the end of the schedule.

These are some of the worst decisions a person who wants to maximize development speed can make. In software, higher quality (in the form of lower defect rates) and reduced development time go hand in hand.

Software development at top speed

Design Shortcuts

Projects that are in schedule trouble often become obsessed with working harder rather than working smarter. Attention to quality is seen as a luxury. The result is that projects often work dumber, which gets them into even deeper schedule trouble.

Error-Prone Modules

Barry Boehm reported that 20 percent of the modules in a program are typically responsible for 80 percent of the errors.

If development speed is important, make identification and redesign of error-prone modules a priority. Once a module’s error rate hits about 10 defects per thousand lines of code, review it to determine whether it should be redesigned or reimplemented. If it’s poorly structured, excessively complex, or excessively long, redesign the module and reimplement it from the ground up. You’ll shorten the schedule and improve the quality of your product at the same time.

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