A Guide to selecting software measures and metrics by Capers Jones

By Capers Jones

Going the place no ebook on software program size and metrics has formerly long past, this critique completely examines a few undesirable size practices, detrimental metrics, and enormous gaps and omissions within the software program literature that overlook very important issues in dimension. The publication covers the most important gaps and omissions that have to 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 now not corrected, can distort information and make benchmarks nearly lifeless and probably even destructive. the most universal leaks is that of unpaid time beyond regulation. software program is a truly labor-intensive career, and lots of practitioners paintings very lengthy hours. although, few businesses truly list unpaid additional time. which means software program attempt is underreported by means of round 15%, that's too huge a cost to disregard. different assets of leaks comprise the paintings of part-time experts who come and move 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 booklet is helping software program undertaking managers and builders discover error in measurements to allow them to boost 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 replicate present software program improvement practices and realities to reach at significant benchmarks to steer profitable software program tasks.

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) specialists 13. Expert-system specialists 14. Function-point specialists (certified) 15. Graphics-production specialists 16. Human-factors specialists 17. Integration specialists 18. Library specialists (for project libraries) 19. Maintenance specialists 20. Marketing specialists 21. Member of the technical staff (multiple specialties) 22. Measurement specialists 23. Metric specialists 24. Project cost-analysis specialists 25. Project managers 26. Project-office specialists 27.

13. 14. 1 Development Activities for Six Project Size Plateaus 10 Function Points ◾ Activities Performed 18 A Guide to Selecting Software Measures and Metrics X X 6 9 18 5 Activities 22 23 X X X 25. Project management X X X 24. Installation/training X X X X X X X X X 100,000 Function Points 23. Quality assurance 22. Independent testing X 21. Acceptance testing X X X X X X X 10,000 Function Points 20. Beta testing X 19. System testing X X X X X 1,000 Function Points 18. Integration testing 17. Function testing X X X 100 Function Points 16.

10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 1 Development Activities for Six Project Size Plateaus 10 Function Points ◾ Activities Performed 18 A Guide to Selecting Software Measures and Metrics X X 6 9 18 5 Activities 22 23 X X X 25. Project management X X X 24. Installation/training X X X X X X X X X 100,000 Function Points 23. Quality assurance 22. Independent testing X 21. Acceptance testing X X X X X X X 10,000 Function Points 20. Beta testing X 19. System testing X X X X X 1,000 Function Points 18. Integration testing 17.

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