Is there any difference between software and manufacturing?

Last week we participated in a preparation session for an upcoming webinar. The person we will be presenting with is involved Quality Management for Products while I was representing Software.

It was quite surprising how similar we sounded in terms of what we do:

  1. Product Planning Phase turning into Requirements.

  2. Design Phase
  3. Testing Phase
  4. Production Phase
  5. End-of-Life
  • We both wanted measurements and opportunity to institute process improvement.
  • We both looked at the entire lifecycle.
  • We both looked at training as a method of attaining Quality objectives.
  • We both end up with a product.
  • We both wanted to add process improvement at all stages.

There does not seem to be a lot of difference. But, then again, we took our Quality Assurance from Crosby, Deming and Juran.

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