June 1, 2009

Metrics and Software Development

Posted in development, software testing tagged at 2:22 am by mknight1130

About a month ago, I went to a talk, sponsored by Rose City Spin and Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference  (PNSQC), about metrics and software development. Steven Borg gave the presentation about how to use numbers and thinking about software development in terms of problem solving. He talked about velocity (the output software developers provide in a time frame); throughput (the time an issue is found in software to the time it is closed); and customer satisfaction. As it was a very robust talk, I have researched some sites to provide an overview on Metrics and Software Development.

One great overview document is called Introduction to Conventional Software Metrics at http://curriculum.sv.cmu.edu/ms/metrics_se/downloads/IntroductiontoConventionalSoftwareMetricsRev2.0.doc . This chapter covers types of metrics, different contexts for looking at metrics, how metrics unfold during the course of developing a software product and how to apply the metrics.

Steve Borg provides an overview of using process improvement metrics in his blog Best Practice: Where Technology Meets Teamwork at http://blog.nwcadence.com/category/best-practice/ . In the posts, Practical Process Improvement; Borg defines some of the basic concepts of software metrics and how to make the best use of them.

The two sites, mentioned above, provide good overviews in understanding metrics and software development.


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