London, UK. 12 February 2016. Demand for reliable software is at an all-time high,
but the solution for building quality software remains as elusive as
ever. Enter Quality Software Development - a brand-new
qualification developed by PEOPLECERT, in collaboration with the
Software Improvement Group (SIG), to address the ongoing urgency of
industry demands for a best practice framework in creating consistent,
good quality code.
“This is a breakthrough in software
development, as there is no other qualification on writing quality code
in the market today” said Joost Visser, Head of
Research and Development, SIG. “It used to be all about producing
code, however the elephant in the room has always been the actual
quality of the code. Poorly programmed software causes massive headaches
for businesses and organizations, - on the other hand, if the quality of
code is good, then the system itself will be better, making it more
adaptable and prepared for changes that will inevitably happen”.
Why Quality Software Development
There are over 18.5m1 programmers worldwide
and this profession is expected to rise by 32%2 in the US
alone, over the next coming years. Organizations face challenges every
day around maintaining code, to maintain business. However, it goes much
further than that, costing them hugely both financially and in manpower:
- $500b global IT debt3,
with potential to double over the next few years
- 66%4 of time is spent
on debugging and fixing poor quality code
- 70% of company’s report having at
least one failed project in the last year5
This is not just a certification; this
has the potential to drive this sector to get the appropriate training
and embrace the mindset of software maintainability needed to produce
high quality coding.
Why quality code matters
It gives organizations a competitive advantage: better code is
cheaper, allowing programmers to test and modify with ease and speed.
This certification is based on relevant needs within current industries
and it was developed by developers, for the developers!
Who it is for
The Quality Software Development scheme is aimed at software
developers with experience in Object Oriented Programming technologies
(e.g. Java, C#), who want to understand and implement leading principles
and processes defining maintainable good quality code. Furthermore,
PEOPLECERT’s state-of-the-art assessment technology and award-winning
online proctoring platform enables software developers to sit for the
exam anywhere, at any time.
PEOPLECERT is a
global leader in the assessment and certification of professional
skills, partnering with multi-national organizations and government
bodies to develop and deliver market leading exams across 150 countries
worldwide each year. PEOPLECERT’s purpose is to empower professionals to
reach their full potential and explore lifelong ambitions through
SIG was founded in
2000 as a spin-off of the Centre for Mathematics and Informatics of the
University of Amsterdam, and grew into an international organization
with offices in seven countries and a high level of expertise. The
software analysis lab of SIG is accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025 -
the international standard for test laboratories - and therefore unique.
In 2013 and 2014 SIG was awarded the ISO/IEC 27001 certificate. This
certification emphasizes that the business processes comply with 133
strict criteria regarding information security.