IT Measurement: Practical Advice from the Experts

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Addison-Wesley, 2002 - Computers - 759 pages
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"With Contributions by Capers Jones, Howard Rubin, David Garmus, Lawrence Putnam, and Elizabeth Clark"

The accurate, quantitative measurement of software quality and process performance is rapidly becoming an essential part of competition in the ever-tightening software marketplace. Software metrics provide insights into productivity and quality gains from improvements in skill, technology, and development methodology. An effective metrics program helps practitioners assemble the best team, select the optimal development methodology, and enhance the quality of a software product. In short, metrics enable software developers to pursue proven, successful strategies, and to change course when metrics point to less-than-optimum quality or productivity.

Written by the world's leading authorities in the field, "IT Measurement" showcases state-of-the-art in software metrics and provides the practical knowledge that practitioners need in order to take full advantage of software metrics technology. The book's collected articles offer important perspectives on the role of metrics in the development process, and show how metrics directly enhance software quality and output efficiency.

The book explores several vital areas, including Function Point Analysis, project estimation and management, outsourcing, statistical process control, and more. These articles range from basic theory to the sophisticated application of metrics. Specific topics covered include: The expanding role of function point metricsWork output measurement for IT work unitsThe use of metrics for trackingEnhanced estimation with metricsMetrics in outsourcingStandardization of SLOCThe application of SPC to performance managementFunctional metrics in B2B e-commerce project success

Enlightening and pragmatic, "IT Measurement" will help you gain a deeper understanding of software metrics and the ability to apply concrete measures in order to objectively evaluate and more finely shape your software development program.

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The International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG) is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing technology environments through the application of Function Point Analysis (FPA) and other software measurement techniques. The IFPUG maintains the Function Point Counting Practices Manual, the industry standard for FPA, and provides a forum for information exchange that encourages the use of software and process metrics.


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