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Misleading Metrics and Unsound Analyses
March/April 2007 (vol. 24 no. 2)
pp. 73-78
Barbara Kitchenham, National ICT Australia
David Ross Jeffery, National ICT Australia
Colin Connaughton, IBM Australia
The authors demonstrate that the recommendations for analyzing productivity in the appendix to the ISO/IEC 15939 standard are inappropriate. They also show that problems with the ISO/IEC advice can be compounded if software engineers attempt to apply statistical process-control techniques to software productivity metrics. They recommend using small meaningful data sets as the basis for productivity analysis and using effort-estimation models to assess productivity rather than productivity metrics.This article is part of a special focus section on software metrics.
Index Terms:
productivity metrics, effort estimation, statistical process control, ISO/IEC 15939
Citation:
Barbara Kitchenham, David Ross Jeffery, Colin Connaughton, "Misleading Metrics and Unsound Analyses," IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 73-78, March-April 2007, doi:10.1109/MS.2007.49
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