With the support of QSM, Inc., I wrote and published this article on a new area of the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG) website called “Beyond MetricViews.”
While the IFPUG already had published guidelines in this area, the key points to this article include:
- If you want to measure productivity (or anything else) consistently across two or more software development projects – where each was developed using a different approach (i.e., waterfall vs. agile) – one must be consistent in the definition and application of the measures (and metrics);
- Function points are defined in terms of elementary processes and agile methodologies deliver such functions iteratively (not complete in one iteration) – posing challenges to the uninitiated;
- Regardless of whether you measure productivity, defect density (quality), costs or other aspect of software delivery – it is critical to do an “apples to apples” comparison.
Here’s the article (click on the image) for your interest. (You can also visit the blog at www.qsm.com for details.)
Comments and feedback is appreciated!
I’d love to have comments on my latest QSM blog post of the same name… read more
One of the biggest (and not so obvious) reasons that software estimation goes awry is that amateur estimators don’t always realize how important it is to figure out the “object of estimation” – that is, what it is that we want to estimate.
I’ve addressed this issue on several occasions – through a set of 4 blog posts called “First see the elephant in the room (the what you are estimating…)”
This week, I did a blog post for QSM, Inc. on the same topic. Let me know what you think.
Dr Dobb’s online published my article on this topic this week… and quickly comments started pouring in. Some asked why I would publish an article with observations without solutions while others implied that this is really a customer problem or a human communications problem (I agree with the latter) – What do YOU think?
Read it, and PLEASE give me your feedback. Do you agree, disagree, don’t care? Inquiring minds want to know!
Here’s where the blog post was SUPPOSED to post… http://microbrewsusa.wordpress.com
Please enjoy the latest post of the Ask Carol software development advice column… (Click on the image or the link below.)
Another installment of the advice column for software development professionals: Ask Carol – T-shirt sizing for early estimates
As part of ongoing writings on software sizing and function point analysis, I recently posted the following article on the QSM blog. Enjoy!
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Collecting software development measures sometimes appears futile… here’s some sage advice from my QSM Inc advice column. Enjoy!
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p.s., I love getting comments or hearing if what I write makes sense to you! Carol
Here’s the latest installment of my QSM Ask Carol blog:
“What’s the Point of (Early) Estimating?” … click on the image or the title here to read the full blog post.