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

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Trap #3: Measuring Too Little, Too Late

Symptoms

Some programs start with just a few measures, which don’t provide much value to the participants. This might lead the participants to conclude that the metrics effort isn’t worthwhile so they terminate it prematurely. Another obstacle to getting adequate and timely data is the resistance many software people exhibit toward measurement. Participants who are more comfortable working undercover might drag their feet on collecting data. They might report only a few of the requested measures, report only data that makes them look good, or turn in their data long after its due date. If your metrics effort is having trouble getting off the launch pad because of some resisters, you may be a victim of this ...

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