Answers for Certified Software Quality Engineering Quiz #2

1. Answer C is correct.   The ISO 9001 standard defines the specific set of quality management system requirements. Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook 2nd Edition by Linda Westfall – page 20 or The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – page 17.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: I.C

2. Answer B is correct.  Quality plans define the specifics of how a project intends to implement the organization’s quality management system in order to meet the quality goals and objectives of the organization and of that project.  According to the IEEE Standard for Software Quality Assurance Plans, the software quality plan should include plans for all of the reviews and audits (or pointers to separate plan documents) that will be held as part of this project. Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook 2nd Edition by Linda Westfall – pages 86-87 or The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – pages 76-78 CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: II.A.1

3. Answer D is correct.   Similarly to the panels in a comic strip, a storyboard graphically illustrates who the characters are in a story and describes the order of what happens to those characters and how it happens. Storyboards are mainly used in requirements elicitation to describe the human user interfaces. Pictorial sequences can many times be easier for stakeholders to visualize and interpret than written steps. This can aid in understanding and provide a basis for discussion about what needs to happen and how. Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook 2nd Edition by Linda Westfall – page 220  or The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – page 171.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: III.C.7

4. Answer A is correct.  Retrospectives are a technique for the elimination of repeated mistakes by providing a mechanism for capturing and analyzing lessons learned in order to identify improvement opportunities.  Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook 2nd Edition by Linda Westfall – page 328 or The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – pages 279-280.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: IV.B.3

5. Answer D is correct.  Check sheets are tools used in data collection. In their simplest form, check sheets make the data collection process easier by providing prewritten descriptions of categories or events that should be counted either from historic data or as events occur in the future.  The data collected on a check sheet can be used as input into creating a Pareto chart or a histogram. Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook 2nd Edition by Linda Westfall – page 431 or The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – pages 372-373.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: V.B.2

6. Answer B is correct.  Dynamic analysis includes methods of performing V&V by evaluating a software component or product by executing it and comparing the actual results to expected results. Testing and simulations are forms of dynamic analysis. Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook 2nd Edition by Linda Westfall – page 450 or The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – page 389.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: VI.A.1

7. Answer B is correct.  The build process is automated using a command file called a build script, which specifies:

  • The components of the build (source and derived)
  • Their versions
  • Their locations in the configuration libraries
  • The build tools, including compilers, assemblers, linkers, loaders, and build scripts
  • Their versions
  • The required setting for options and environmental parameters
  • Pointers to the appropriate macros, libraries, and other files to be included
  • Their versions
  • Their locations in the configuration libraries

Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook 2nd Edition by Linda Westfall – page 555 or The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – page 514.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: VII.B.2

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