1.   Which of the following provides legal protection for ideas?
A.   Licenses
B.   Copyrights
C.   Patents
D.   Trademarks
 
2.   Which of the following is NOT an example of a quality record?
A.   CCB meeting minutes
B.   Process definition
C.   System test log
D.   Audit report

3.   Requirements management activities include:
A.   inspecting the requirement specification documents.
B.   identifying the various user classes.
C.   prioritizing the requirements.
D.   requesting changes to the requirements.
 
4.   In order to ensure that lessons learned on the current project are captured and transitioned to future projects, the project team should conduct a:
A.   release readiness phase transition review.
B.   project audit.
C.   quality management system audit.
D.   post project review.

5.   Reliability is typically defined in terms of the number of field failures and:
A.   time.
B.   cost.
C.   size.
D.   effort.

6.   Usability testing is done to determine if:
A.   the system uses resources (for example, memory, disk space) at levels that exceed requirements.
B.   the system has any problems when it is used at peak load.
C.   there are any required functions that cannot be used or that don’t perform properly.
D.  the software has any areas that will be difficult or inconvenient for the users.
 
7.    Which of the following baselines is created when the software is released into operations?
A.   Development baseline
B.   Functional baseline
C.   Product baseline
D.   Allocated baseline



Answers to the Certified Software Quality Engineering Quiz for December 2010

   1.      Answer C is correct.  Which of the following baselines is created when the software is released into operations.   Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – page 12. CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: I.B.2

   2.      Answer B is correct.  Quality records provide the evidence that the appropriate quality activities took place and that the execution of those activities met required standards.  Examples of quality records include documented test results, problem reports and change requests, annotated documents, review records, minutes, and audit reports.  A process definition specifies part of the quality system requirements but provides no evidence that those requirements were implemented.  Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – page 123.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: II.C.3

   3.      Answer D is correct.  Requirements management includes all of the software configuration control procedures for requesting, authorizing, implementing and verifying changes to the requirements.  Inspecting the requirements documentation is a requirements verification activity. Identifying the various user classes is a requirements elicitation activity.  Prioritizing the requirements is a requirements analysis activity.  Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – page 155. CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: III.D.3

   4.      Answer D is correct.  Post project reviews are a technique for the elimination of repeated mistakes by providing a mechanism for capturing and analyzing lessons learned on the project.  Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – pages 279-280.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: IV.B.3

   5.      Answer A is correct.  Reliability is the ability of the system or component to perform its required functions under stated conditions for a specific period of time.  Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – page 337.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: V.B.1

   6.      Answer D is correct.  The objective of usability testing is to ensure that the software matches the user’s actual work style and to determine if the software has any areas that will be difficult or inconvenient for the users.  Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – pages 421-422.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: VI.B.4

   7.      Answer C is correct. A product baseline is established when the software has been approved for distribution to operations.  Developmental baselines are established when the software design specification, code or other internal development work products are approved as specified in the configuration management plans.  The functional baseline is established when the system requirements are approved.  Allocated baselines are established when the system requirements are allocated to one or more software components and the software requirements are approved.  Reference: The Certified Software Quality Engineering Handbook by Linda Westfall – pages 511-512.  CSQE Body of Knowledge Area: VII.B.1
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