Measurement Problems that Plague Us

Beth Layman, Layman & Layman

Measurement problems in software organizations are many: challenges with effort tracking; difficulties motivating the workforce to comply; resource management in multitasking and matrix organizations; attempts to "standardize" project status reporting or dashboards that run amuck; the misconceptions that fester and hinder defect collection and analysis throughout the life cycle; and management’s failure to truly understand and actually use measurement data and information to make decisions. Beth Layman reviews these thorny and recurring measurement problems-problems that plague even those organizations with established measurement cultures. She provides case studies of the problems and discusses their typical root causes. Beth concludes with practical advice on what it takes to institutionalize valuable, workable measurement practices within your organization. You'll take away solutions and step-by-step action plans for correcting or preventing the measurement problems you face today.

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