Issue No. 02 - March/April (2007 vol. 24)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2007.49
Colin Connaughton , IBM Australia
David Ross Jeffery , National ICT Australia
Barbara Kitchenham , National ICT 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.
productivity metrics, effort estimation, statistical process control, ISO/IEC 15939
Colin Connaughton, David Ross Jeffery, Barbara Kitchenham, "Misleading Metrics and Unsound Analyses", IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. , pp. 73-78, March/April 2007, doi:10.1109/MS.2007.49