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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

CSQE Source Material - Dated, More Current Sources Required

When there are discussions about the relevance and applicability of an ASQ Certification, it is important to review the source material from which the certification is derived, and which it uses to create exams.

ASQ is in the software quality domain.  I have recently taken on a commitment to craft practice exam questions.  The reference list is below.  Given that we are now in 2016, I will highlight the relative ages of the reference.  Then consider how much software has evolved.
The range is 21 years with the newest publication 6 year old, and the oldest 27 years.  I plugged this into MS Excel and got the following



It will be very difficult to convince people that CSQE is relevant for 2016 when the cluster of books was written in the prior generation.  Most software products from the early 2000s are past end-of-life and need to be retired or replaced.  In addition, there have been many trends and advances in software and applications which this material does not address or consider because these practices were not yet functional:

- Mobile applications "apps"
- Software as a service
- Social media and platforms
- Open access freeware
- Sharing services
It is not my intent to disparage the excellent resources below.  I have put in bold those particular references which I personally possess and highly recommend.

However I believe that this foundation of material should be augmented with more contemporary resources in Software Quality, particularly in the relevant Software QA issues of 2016 and beyond.

CSQE Reference List 2015
These books cover the parts of the Body of Knowledge. ASQ Certification Board does not endorse any one particular reference source.

8 years – obsolete by 2015 version
Ø ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2008: Quality Management Systems: Requirements. (new revision) T860 (E)

Ø ASQ Code of Ethics http://www.asq.org/about-asq/who-we-are/ethics.html

22 years
Ø Booch, Grady, Objected-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications 2nd ed., Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc., 1994. ISBN 0805353402

6 years
Ø Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI), CMMI® for Development, Version 1.3, August 2010.

14 years
Ø Daughtrey, Taz, ed., Fundamental Concepts for the Software Quality Engineer, ASQ Quality Press, 2002. H1115

14 years
Ø Futrell, Robert T., Donald F. Shafer, and Linda I. Shafer, Quality Software Project Management, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002. ISBN 0130912972

23 years
Ø Gilb, Tom, and Dorothy Graham, Software Inspection, London: Addison-Wesley Professional, 1993. ISBN 0201631814

9 years
Ø Gryna, Frank M., Richard C.H. Chua, and Joseph A. Defeo, Juran’s Quality Planning and Analysis for Enterprise Quality, 5th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. P1237

21 years
Ø Humphrey, Watts, A Discipline for Software Engineering, Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley, 1995. ISBN 0201546108

27 years
Ø Humphrey, Watts, Managing the Software Process, Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley, 1989. ISBN 0201180952

17 years
Ø Juran, Joseph M., Juran’s Quality Handbook, 5th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999. P660

13 years
Ø Kan, Stephen H., Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering, 2nd ed., Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2003. ISBN 0201729156

17 years
Ø Kaner, Cem, Jack Falk, and Hung Quoc Nguyen, Testing Computer Software, 2nd ed, Wiley Computer Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0471358460

12 years
Ø Keyes, Jessica, Software Configuration Management, CRC/Auerbach Publications, 2004, 0-8493-1976-5

21 years
Ø Kit, Edward, Software Testing in the Real World: Improving the Process. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1995. ISBN 0201877562

20 years
Ø Lyu, Michael R., Handbook of Software Reliability Engineering, Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society Press, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996. ISBN 0070394008 Complete book available online at http://www.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/~lyu/book/reliability/index.html

12 years
Ø Myers, Glenford J., The Art of Software Testing, 2nd ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. ISBN 0471469122.

20 years
Ø Myerson, Marian, Risk Management Processes for Software Engineering Methods, Boston: Artech Computer House Library, 1996. ISBN: 0890066353

9 years
Ø Poppendieck, Mary and Tom, Implementing Lean Software Development, Addison-Wesley: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2007. ISBN 0321437381

12 years
Ø Pressman, Roger S., Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, 6th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004. ISBN 007301933X

15 years
Ø Rakitin, Steven R., Software Verification and Validation for Practitioners and Managers, 2nd ed., Boston: Artech House, 2001. ISBN 1580532969, PDF download ISBN B000066FYE

10 years
Ø Russell, J.P., ed., ASQ Quality Audit Division, The ASQ Auditing Handbook, 3rd ed., Milwaukee: ASQ Quality Press, 2006. H1263

13 years
Ø Scholtes, Peter R., Brian L, Joiner, and Barbara J. Streibel, The Team Handbook, 3rd ed., Oreil Inc., 2003. P1030

8 years
Ø Schulmeyer, G. Gordon, Handbook of Software Quality Assurance, 4th ed., Boston, MA: Artech House, 2008. ISBN 9781596931862, 1596931868

7 years
Westfall, Linda, The Certified Software Quality Engineer Handbook. ASQ Quality Press, Milwaukee, 2009. ISBN: 987-0-87389-730-3


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