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Point/Counterpoint
May/June 2008 (vol. 25 no. 3)
pp. 48-51
Ed Weller, Integrated Productivity Solutions, LLC
David Card, Det Norske Veritas
Bill Curtis, CAST Software
Bob Raczynski, Lockheed Martin Corporation
"Point Argument: Applying SPC to Software Development: Where and Why," by Ed Weller and David Card. Statistical Process Control focuses on key subprocesses in the overall software development process. Under the right conditions, SPC is another useful tool in our toolkit. "Counterpoint Argument: Software Data Violate SPC's Underlying Assumptions," by Bob Raczynski and Bill Curtis. Software tasks are an intermingled mix of skill levels, component complexities, and project conditions that severely diminish the power of SPC techniques such as control charts. This department is part of a special issue on quantitative project management.
Index Terms:
software development, software metrics, statistical process control
Citation:
Ed Weller, David Card, Bill Curtis, Bob Raczynski, "Point/Counterpoint," IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 48-51, May-June 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.68
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