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Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering by Robert L. Glass

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Chapter 5. About Management

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The purpose of this saying is to point out that measurement is invaluable to managers. Clearly, managers need to know the answer to questions such as how much, when, and how well. There is a whole software engineering subfield devoted to the topic of software metrics, and proposals of new things to count—and how to count things long understood—are rampant.

What is interesting about the field of software metrics is that it is used little in practice. In surveys of tools and techniques used by software managers, metrics generally come in close ...

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