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Best Practices in Software Measurement: How to use metrics to improve project and process performance Hardcover – Nov 18 2004

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Reiner Dumke is since 1994 a full professor in software engineering at the university of Magdeburg. His research interests include SW metrics, measurement programs, tools, web security and performance engineering. He is speaker of the german Informatics Society (GI) Expert group on Metrics. He has published and lectured extensively on SW metrics and related topics.

Christof Ebert is Director Software Coordination and Process Improvement of Alcatel in Paris, France. He drives R&D innovation and effectiveness programs within Alcatel. Before, he lead the biggest Alcatel Business Unit to CMM L3, achieving substantial quality improvements and cycle time reduction. Dr. Ebert is IEEE Software associate Editor-In-Chief and serves as keynote speaker and on program committees of various software engineering conferences.

Manfred Bundschuh is President of DASMA e.V., the German metrics organisation, as well as appointed Professor for Project Management and Teamwork at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Dept. of Informatics and IT Quality Manager in AXA Service AG, Cologne. Manfred Bundschuh is author and editor of several books and more than 40 publications.

Andreas Schmietendorf works as competence manager for system- and software development in the information technology department of Deutsche Telekom AG. As chief architect within the development center Berlin Dr. Schmietendorf is mainly responsible for integration- and migration-projects. He is an active member in the German society of computer science (GI) and the Central Europe Computer Measurement Group (CECMG). Furthermore Dr. Schmietendorf teach as guest-lecturer at the University of Magdeburg and FHTW Berlin (University of applied science).

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Interesting and needed book.... Oct. 9 2007
By Carlos Ortega Fernandez - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Fortunatelly there are new books coming about this topic. In this case, the books settles a very good ground defining the purposes and goals that a software measuremet program should cover.

I differentiate two clear parts:

A) In a first part (from chapter 1 to 11) the authors cover from the need of a improvement program of this nature to the kind of tool (even defining its architecture) to support this initiative, including some incursions in the basics of some particular metrics (defects tracking, reliability, project managing, etc), but without the mathematics that hide the basics ideas of other books.

B) In the second part, from chapter 12 to 15, they exposed the application of these kind of improvement initiatives in some big companies. In some sense, these last chapters are isolated and included like separated papers.

Special mention for the last chapter where can be found many of the most reputated organizations (international) related to the software metrics as well as the basic standards associated to the software improvement.

Compared to these other recent books about this same topic, I found very weak their treatment about the kind of statistical analysis that is possible to perform (and desiderable) with the software metrics. And also, the tools to perform the analysis (they only mention: Excel and SPSS) when other open-source software (like R: [...]) is capable of doing an equivalent job (if not better) that these tools.

In the very positive side, I found very insteresting and ilustrative the great level of detail they provide in terms of benchmarking for the most basic metrics (Chapter 9. Defect Detection and Quality Improvement).

Summary: Good book, in a once again emerging and needed topic.

Carlos Ortega