Measurement automation: methodological background and practical solutions - a multiple case study

Seija Komi-Sirviö, Päivi Parviainen, Jussi Ronkainen

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    Continuous collection and analysis of measurement data is crucial in tracking and managing a soft-ware development process efficiently. However, practice has shown that setting up and carrying out a measurement programme requires a lot of effort. Despite their tight schedules project managers and project personnel perform measurement activities in addition to their main daily duties. Furthermore, measurement tasks may be perceived as secondary work for a software development project, which as such may harm the success of the measurement programme. Thus, all measurement activities that are reasonable to automate should be automated. In this paper we propose a measurement automation process that is based on the principles of goal-driven measurement. We give two industrial examples to demonstrate what measurement automation means in practice. We also discuss tool requirements and as an example, we present a measurement management tool enhanced by measurement automation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Software Metrics Symposium, METRICS 2001
    Subtitle of host publicationLondon, UK, 4-6 April 2001
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Print)0-7695-1043-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


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