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Short description Most of the software measures currently proposed to the industry bring few real benefits to either software managers or developers. This book looks at the classical metrology concepts from science and engineering, using them as criteria to propose an approach to analyze the design of current software measures and then design new software measures (illustrated with the design of a software measure that has been adopted as an ISO measurement standard). The book includes several case studies analyzing strengths and weaknesses of some of the software measures most often quoted. It is meant for software quality specialists and process improvement analysts and managers.
From the contents Foreword.
About the Author.
PART 1: Key Concepts for the Design of Software Measures.
2 FROM MEASUREMENT METHODS TO QUANTITATIVE MODELS: A MEASUREMENT CONTEXT MODEL.
3 METROLOGY AND QUALITY CRITERIA IN SOFTWARE MEASUREMENT.
4 QUANTIFICATION AND MEASUREMENT ARE NOT THE SAME!
5 THE DESIGN OF SOFTWARE MEASUREMENT METHODS.
PART 2: Some Popular Software Measures: How Good Are They?
6 CYCLOMATIC COMPLEXITY NUMBER: ANALYSIS OF ITS DESIGN.
7 HALSTEAD'S METRICS: ANALYSIS OF THEIR DESIGNS.
8 FUNCTION POINTS: ANALYSIS OF THEIR DESIGN.
9 USE CASE POINTS: ANALYSIS OF THEIR DESIGN.
10 ISO 9126: ANALYSIS OF QUALITY MODELS AND MEASURES.
PART 3: The Design of COSMIC - ISO 19761.
11 COSMIC: DESIGN OF AN INITIAL PROTOTYPE.
12 COSMIC: SCALING UP AND INDUSTRIALIZATION.
PART 4: Other Issues in the Design of Software Measures.
13 CONVERTIBILITY ACROSS MEASUREMENT METHODS.
14 DESIGN OF STANDARD ETALONS: THE NEXT FRONTIER IN SOFTWARE MEASUREMENT.
Appendix A: List of Acronyms.
Appendix B: Glossary of Terms in Software Measurement.