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One of the goals of this website is to document secondary studies of software engineering topics. This page classifies SLRs and mapping studies using the knowledge areas defined by the SWEBOK.

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[S49] How Does a Measurement Programme Evolve in Software Organizations?

2008, Harjumaa, Lasse and Markkula, Jouni and Oivo, Markku

Source: Systematic Literature Reviews in Software Engineering - A Tertiary Study

Establishing a software measurement programme within an organization is not a straightforward task. Previous literature surveys have focused on software process improvement in general and software measurement has been analysed in case studies. This literature survey collects the data from separate cases and presents the critical success factors that are specific to software measurement programmes. We present a categorization of the success factors based on organizational roles that are involved in measurement. Furthermore, the most essential elements of success in different phases of the life cycle of the measurement programme are analysed. It seems that the role of upper management is crucial when starting measurement and the individual developers’ impact increases in the later phases. Utilization of the measurement data and improvement of the measurement and development processes requires active management support again.
Our Assessment: Harjumaa et al. reviewed 21 case studies of successful and unsuccessful measurement and metrics programmes. They found that the key issues for keeping a metrics programme active were: the proper use of data, tools for collection and analysis of metrics, and changing metrics and measurements to keep them consistent with business changes.
Software RequirementsS23, S26, S27, S63
Software DesignS1, S25, S31, S38
Software ConstructionS18, S43, S61
Software TestingS10, S17, S28, S62
Software MaintenanceS24, S30
Software Configuration Management -
Software Engineering ManagementM4, S5, S7, S8, S11, S12, S14, S21, S22, S29, S45, S46, S53, S66
Software Engineering ProcessesS3, S41, S47, S49, S50
Software Engineering Tools and MethodsS60, S64, S65
Software QualityM1, S15
Unclassified -