A Guide to Selecting Software Measures and Metrics by Capers Jones

By Capers Jones

Going the place no e-book on software program size and metrics has formerly long past, this critique completely examines a couple of undesirable dimension practices, detrimental metrics, and large gaps and omissions within the software program literature that overlook vital themes in dimension. The e-book covers the foremost gaps and omissions that must be crammed if information approximately software program improvement is to be priceless for comparisons or estimating destiny projects.


Among the more severe gaps are leaks in reporting approximately software program improvement efforts that, if no longer corrected, can distort facts and make benchmarks nearly dead and probably even destructive. some of the most universal leaks is that of unpaid extra time. software program is a really labor-intensive career, and lots of practitioners paintings very lengthy hours. although, few businesses truly list unpaid extra time. which means software program attempt is underreported by way of round 15%, that is too huge a cost to disregard. different resources of leaks comprise the paintings of part-time experts who come and cross as wanted. There are dozens of those experts, and their mixed attempt can best forty five% of overall software program attempt on huge projects.


The publication is helping software program venture managers and builders discover blunders in measurements to allow them to advance significant benchmarks to estimate software program improvement efforts. It examines adaptations in a few components that come with:



  • Programming languages

  • Development methodology

  • Software reuse

  • Functional and nonfunctional requirements

  • Industry type

  • Team dimension and experience

Filled with tables and charts, this publication is a place to begin for making measurements that mirror present software program improvement practices and realities to reach at significant benchmarks to steer profitable software program tasks.

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