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Issue No.02 - March/April (2007 vol.24)
pp: 73-78
Barbara Kitchenham , National ICT Australia
David Ross Jeffery , National ICT Australia
Colin Connaughton , IBM Australia
ABSTRACT
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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