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

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Part IV. Measuring What Happens

It is said that you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Now, I don’t believe it’s imperative to quantify every aspect of every project. Nonetheless, coming from a scientific background, I respect the insights that thoughtfully gathered and analyzed data can provide. The right time to set up your metrics program is during project initiation so you can establish a measurement mindset and infrastructure at the outset. It’s much harder to reconstruct data from the early parts of the project if you don’t begin measurement until later on.

Chapter 12, presents a brief overview of software measurement. It describes why measurement is important, what you should measure, and some ways to create ...

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