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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Make It a Habit

Software measurement need not consume a great deal of time. Commercial tools are available for measuring code size in many programming languages. Activities such as daily time tracking constitute a habit each developer gets into, not a burden. Commercial problem tracking tools facilitate counting defects and tracking their status, but this requires the discipline to report all identified defects and to manage them with the tool. Develop simple tracking forms, scripts, and Web-based reporting tools to reduce the overhead of collecting and reporting the data. Use spreadsheets and charts to track and report on the accumulated data at regular intervals.

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