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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Software, volume 5, numbers 3 and 4, 2012 // View article soft_v5_n34_2012_11


Metrics and Measurements in Global Software Development

Authors:
Maarit Tihinen
Päivi Parviainen
Rob Kommeren
Jim Rotherham

Keywords: metrics; measurements; global software development; distributed product development

Abstract:
Today products are increasingly developed globally in collaboration between subcontractors, third-party suppliers and in-house developers. However, management of a distributed product development project is proven to be more challenging and complicated than traditional single-site development. From the viewpoint of project management, the measurements and metrics are important elements for successful product development. This paper is focused on describing a set of essential metrics that are successfully used in Global Software Development (GSD). In addition, visualised examples are given demonstrating various industrial experiences of use. Even if most of the essential metrics are similar as in single-site development, their collection and interpretation need to take into account the GSD aspects. One of the most important reasons for choosing proposed metrics was their provision of early warning signs - to proactively react to potential issues in the project. This is especially important in distributed projects, where tracking the project status is needed and more complex. In this paper, the first ideas of GSD specific metrics are presented based on the common challenges in GSD practice.

Pages: 278 to 292

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2012. Used with permission.

Publication date: December 31, 2012

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2628

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