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The Severity of Software Bugs: Are We Doomed?

Software bugs cost billions of dollars yearly. Correcting bugs earlier saves time, but too few do it.

Everyone hates software bugs - developers hate them in their code and consumers hate them in their products.

Here are some facts about software bugs:

· The US economy loses over $60 billion annually – the size of Puerto Rico’s GDP – fixing software bugs

· To fix a bug during QA costs more than 7 times the amount to fix during developer coding (according to IEEE Computer, January 2001)

· Waterfall software development model was introduced in the 1970 as a way to minimize bugs, but the author himself noted it as being a flawed, non-working model

    · The way we’ve been preventing bugs is wrong and costly, and developers needed a way to define better methods and practices to make their software work. Thankfully, Agile development practices were developed starting in 2001 with the Agile Manifesto – also introducing the idea of Unit Testing

    · Agile projects are statistically 300% more successful than non-Agile projects.

    · Unit Testing, and other forms of developer testing, is much more cost-effective than QA teams and allow for faster time to market.

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Yaniv Yehuda is the Co-Founder and CTO of DBmaestro, an Enterprise Software Development Company focusing on database development and deployment technologies. Yaniv is also the Co-Founder and the head of development for Extreme Technology, an IT service provider for the Israeli market. Yaniv was a captain in Mamram, the Israel Defense Forces computer centers where he served as a software engineering manager.

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