- Agile - See Wikipedia's Agile software development page.
- Alpha release - the first release, often kept
in-house. Then comes
the pre-production Beta release which users might profitably try unaided
- Blackbox testing - testing without knowledge of the insides of the program
- Boiler-plate - standard code
- Cleanroom software development - being extra careful
- Corncob - a troublemaker
- COTS - Commercial-off-the-shelf (not always stable - Java)
- Design by Committee - producing a product that pleases no-one. Sucessful products typically have a small design team.
- Defect Testing - looking for differences between behaviour and specification
- Firedrills - artificially created sudden deadlines
- Fuzzing - black box testing with fault injection and stress testing (e.g. sending lots of random input)
- Gold Disk - final release disk
- Golden Hammer - a mythical tool that solves all problems
- Gold-plate - extra, unnecessary features
- Greybox testing - testing with some knowledge of the insides of the program (the language it was written in, for example,
or how its components interact).
- Integration testing - testing a combination of units that have already passed unit tests
- Lean - See Wikipedia's Lean software development page.
- Legacy System - an old piece of software that may be impossible to modify
- Metrics - measurable code characteristics.
- Not Invented Here Syndrome - used to be popular in Cambridge. Now replaced by 'Design by Committee'
- Oracle - something that predicts the result of a test so that results needn't be manually checked
- Regression Testing - The selective retesting of a software system that has been modified to ensure that any bugs have been fixed and that no other previously-working functions have failed as a result of the changes.
- Reinventing the Wheel - writing code that's already been written. Sometimes done to keep people busy, like whitewashing stones
- Second System Syndrome - putting into version 2 all the features suggested for version 1, resulting in feature-creep, code-bloat, etc.
- Silver Bullet - a methodology or tool that solves all problems
- Smoketest - a recompile to see if a program "smokes" (crashes)
- Spaghetti Code - messy code with GOTOs
- Stovepipe - a standalone (usually legacy) program
- Unit testing - testing the individual components
- Tiger Team - a small team to perform a single task quickly (1 or 2 people, a day/week of work)
- Validation - are we building the right product?
- Verification - are we building the product right?
- Whitebox testing - testing with knowledge of the insides of the program.
Updated April 2010 with help from James Matheson