Measurement Programme

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Clear precise goals and objectives with input of company-specific data must be established. Numerical definition of the measures to be used starts the process and is followed by the actual measurement, data collection, collation and usage. Each measurement cycle finishes with analysis and reporting.

Data Collection

Accurate, relevant and timely data collection is the key driver for an effective software measurement programme. The data collected will include, for example, size, defects, effort and elapsed time. The set of data will be sufficient to determine productivity, quality, likely costs and duration.

Software Size Measures

Measurement of the size of the product to be delivered and problems to be solved drive the predictive models and must be comparable with benchmark data. Historically Source Lines of Code (SLoC) were measured, this has become impracticable as modern applications are vast and employ varied technologies. As a result Functional Size Measures (FSM), often referred to as Function Point Analysis (FPA) evolved to measure size. The three most commonly used methods, which we use, are COSMIC FFP, MkII FPA and IFPUG FPA.

ORCA (Organisational Reporting Collection & Analysis)

GIFPA developed this fully managed service to face the challenges of designing and delivering solutions faster, at lower unit cost and to a high quality. It provides clearly defined processes and procedures covering the agreed organisational and measurement programme scope. Our consultants work closely with your teams, to rapidly develop and implement tailored measurement programmes that impose minimal commercial disruption. ORCA may also be used to re-vitalise existing measurement activities, utilising the most accurate, reliable and up-to-date performance information.

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Analysis and Reporting

We have established a system of analysis and reporting that enables control of projects and other planned activities, facilitating the management of any necessary changes. It puts in place a regular reporting cycle, while allowing production of ad hoc analysis and reports, for all or part of the project. Our reports provide clear indicators of progress and challenges met, to areas still requiring improvement or further change. The presentation format is carefully designed for ease of interpretation and understanding by both managerial and technical audiences.

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