Software Measurement and Estimation: A Practical Approach

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 5, 2006 - Computers - 379 pages
An effective, quantitative approach for estimating and managing software projects


How many people do I need? When will the quality be good enough for commercial sale? Can this really be done in two weeks? Rather than relying on instinct, the authors of Software Measurement and Estimation offer a new, tested approach that includes the quantitative tools, data, and knowledge needed to make sound estimations.

The text begins with the foundations of measurement, identifies the appropriate metrics, and then focuses on techniques and tools for estimating the effort needed to reach a given level of quality and performance for a software project. All the factors that impact estimations are thoroughly examined, giving you the tools needed to regularly adjust and improve your estimations to complete a project on time, within budget, and at an expected level of quality.

This text includes several features that have proven to be successful in making the material accessible and easy to master:
* Simple, straightforward style and logical presentation and organization enables you to build a solid foundation of theory and techniques to tackle complex estimations
* Examples, provided throughout the text, illustrate how to use theory to solve real-world problems
* Projects, included in each chapter, enable you to apply your newfound knowledge and skills
* Techniques for effective communication of quantitative data help you convey your findings and recommendations to peers and management

Software Measurement and Estimation: A Practical Approach allows practicing software engineers and managers to better estimate, manage, and effectively communicate the plans and progress of their software projects. With its classroom-tested features, this is an excellent textbook for advanced undergraduate-level and graduate students in computer science and software engineering.

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 What to Measure
7
3 Measurement Fundamentals
15
4 Measuring Size
34
5 Measuring Complexity
54
6 Estimating Effort
79
7 In Praise of Defects Defects and Defect Metrics
118
8 Software Reliability Measurement and Prediction
144
9 Response Time and Availability
167
10 Measuring Progress
181
11 Outsourcing
197
12 Financial Measures for the Software Engineer
208
13 Benchmarking
231
14 Presenting Metrics Effectively to Management
238
Index
252
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About the author (2006)

LINDA M. LAIRD is Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she teaches Quantitative Software Engineering. Dr. Laird has more than thirty years of experience building and managing systems for Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories.

M. CAROL BRENNAN is former vice president and general manager of the Quality and Operations Center at Telcordia Technologies, where she was responsible for design, development, and implementation of the Telcordia quality management system. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in software design, development, testing, performance, maintenance, and customer support as well as quality strategy, policy, and implementation.

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