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How to Assess Tools Efficiently and Quantitatively
May/June 1992 (vol. 9 no. 3)
pp. 29-32

A generic, yet tailorable, five-step method to select CASE tools is presented. The guide, developed by the Software Engineering Institute and Westinghouse, includes a tool taxonomy that captures information like the tool name and vendor, release date, what life-cycle phases and methods it supports, key features, and the objects it produces, and includes six categories of questions designed to determine how well a tool does what it was intended to do. The questionnaire comprises 140 questions divided into the categories: ease of use, power, robustness, functionality, ease of insertion, and quality of support.

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software assessment; software selection; CASE tools; performance evaluation; software selection; software tools
Vicky Mosley, "How to Assess Tools Efficiently and Quantitatively," IEEE Software, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 29-32, May-June 1992, doi:10.1109/52.136163
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