Accession Number:

ADA229951

Title:

Software Metrics Useful Tools or Wasted Measurements

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

73.0

Abstract:

A large number of Air Force programs require significant software development during implementation. Unfortunately, the software almost always takes longer than anticipated and requires extensive manpower to remove latent defects from the delivered products. Industry and academia are doing a great deal of work in the developing field of software production and quality metrics- -tools designed to help estimate project size and assess software quality, thus alleviating this industry-wide problem. This study examines the current state of these tools to see if they provide useful measures which can improve the software component of Air Force programs or if the effort used to implement these metrics represents wasted manpower. The study concludes with an assessment that the tools provide valuable data which, when properly applied, can help software managers set achievable schedules for quality software products which can be completed on time and require significantly less software maintenance manpower. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE