The History and Evolution of Software Metrics
The software industry is almost 60 years old, which makes it a fairly mature industry. One would think that after 60 years the software industry would have well-established methods for measuring productivity and quality, and also a large volume of accurate benchmark data derived from thousands of measured projects. However, this is not quite the case.
There are a number of proprietary collections of software benchmark data, such as those collected by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Gartner Group, Software Productivity Research (SPR), the David Consulting Group, Quantitative Software ...