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A measurement programme is part of a means to an end (one or more business objectives). To deliver any benefit the objective(s) must be clearly understood first and then the measurement programme must be designed to support them. Once running, a programme can be tuned or changed to meet new or evolving objectives. GIFPA can supply all the services, consultancy and training to start a measurement programme.
Starting a measurement programme includes activities to:
The 'start' phase of a measurement programme continues until at least one cycle of measurement, analysis and reporting has completed without significant change requests from the sponsor(s) or key stakeholders. Once this phase is complete GIFPA can provide any help required for Supporting a Measurement Programme.
What should be measured?
Many software metrics are standard measures that would be applied to any manufacturing or engineering business, such as labour (staff effort), time to market, number of defects.
Others are software or systems specific measures such as:
Some sort of sizing measure for the work product, like function points, is essential when derived measures like productivity, quality, speed of delivery are required for comparison across different systems, projects, releases etc. See Software Size Measures
How and by Whom?
Ideally, to be successful collecting the data should be easier than not doing so - it should be 'the path of least resistance'. In practice this is not so easy, but some important factors to consider are:
Where there is a large volume of historical data or a need for additional resources GIFPA can also provide a Data Collection service to help jump start the measurement programme.
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