Software Metrics and Measurements

Authored by: David Zubrow

Computing Handbook

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439898529
eBook ISBN: 9781439898536
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Software measurement gained momentum as a field of study in the 1970s as researchers began to investigate factors that were thought to influence software development and the performance of software applications. Over time, the scope of software measurement grew, and it took on a critical role in software engineering. In A Framework of Software Measurement, Horst Zuse observed, “From a management perspective, measures support up-front estimation of time, resources, and quality, provide true status of projects to permit early insight into potential problems, enable the correction of problems before the consequences consume you, guide decisions on resources, priority adjustments, and schedule stability based on data, not best guesses, and provide hard data on which process can be improved and where to improve them” (Zuse 1998). Software measurement is not a passive field of inquiry; it is an action-oriented activity that supports informed decision making.

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