Metrics-driven Enterprise Software Development: Effectively Meeting Evolving Business Needs

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J. Ross Publishing, Aug 15, 2007 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Almost every engineering discipline other than software has clear guidelines for measuring processes and products and making decisions based on quantified evidence. Although metrics are seen as powerful tools for understanding and gauging software development, they are usually employed ad-hoc and without clear directions for interpreting the numbers and acting on them. Software development processes are not often followed in spirit due to difficulties in evaluating their benefits and tracking compliance. This results in software that does meet user needs. 

This practical book crosses the divide between theory and practice and discusses why essential processes so often fail to deliver quality industrial software. It describes how to integrate processes and metrics to ensure easier and more effective enterprise software development. Metrics-Driven Enterprise Software Development introduces the techniques for building, applying and interpreting metrics for the workflows across the software development life cycle phases of inception, elaboration, construction and transition. This metrics-driven approach guides practitioners at every step of the lifecycle and helps them analyze, design, implement, test and deploy solutions with greater confidence, purpose, and sensitivity to evolving business needs. Effective use of metrics is a key skill for all those involved in next generation software projects. 

This book is a must read for software engineering practitioners (architects, application developers, designers and project managers), academics, and students and apprentices of software engineering.
 

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Contents

Schmoozing with the Ideas
13
References
27
Key Themes in Software Measurements
59
Taking Your Project the Metrics Way
71
References
78
The Drivers of Software Development
93
On Understanding Deciding
101
It Takes Some Doing
131
The Plot Thickens
171
Reference
181
Diving at the Deep End
203
Building Time
223
References
252
Feel of the World
253
Epilogue
269
Copyright

References
148

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About the author (2007)

Subhajit Datta worked for IBM Global Services as a software engineer in the roles of Release Manager, Technical Lead, Business System Analyst and Application Programmer. Currently he is pursuing software engineering research at the School of Computational Science, Florida State University. His areas of focus include requirements/specifications, design tools and techniques, metrics, and software architecture. Subhajit graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India and is certified in “Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with UML” (IBM Test 486).

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