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Misleading Metrics and Unsound Analyses

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3 Author(s)
Kitchenham, B. ; Nat. Inf. & Commun. Technol. Australia, Everleigh, NSW ; Jeffery, D.R. ; Connaughton, C.

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 of software metrics

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 2 )