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

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Trap #2: Measuring Too Much, Too Soon

Symptoms

Hundreds of aspects of software products, projects, and processes can be measured. It’s easy to choose too many different data items to be collected when beginning a metrics program. Until a measurement mind-set is established in the organization, expect resistance to both the concept of measuring software and the time required to collect, report, and interpret the data. A long list of metrics might scare off some of the managers and practitioners whose participation is required for the program to succeed.

Symptoms

I once worked in an organization that had a comprehensive, large-scale metrics program. More than ...

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