Choosing Effective Test Metrics

Alan Page, Microsoft Corporation

Every software project can benefit from some sort of metrics, but industry studies show that 80 percent of software metrics initiatives fail. How do you know if you've selected the right set of test metrics and whether or not they support your organizational goals? Alan Page offers methods for determining effective and useful test metrics for software quality and individual effectiveness and presents new studies showing correlation between certain metrics and post-ship quality. Alan provides examples of how commonly used metrics can be easily misused and offers helpful tips for implementing the right test metrics for your project and organization. Find out what can cause metrics projects to fail and what you can do to avoid being part of the 80 percent failure statistic.

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