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Issue No. 02 - March/April (2007 vol. 24)
ISSN: 0740-7459
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.
productivity metrics, effort estimation, statistical process control, ISO/IEC 15939

C. Connaughton, D. R. Jeffery and B. Kitchenham, "Misleading Metrics and Unsound Analyses," in IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. , pp. 73-78, 2007.
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