CHAPTER5Measuring Up: Historical Data and Indicators

The good news is that your previous three software development projects were successful. The bad news is that the VP of Engineering expects the trend to continue. There’s no guarantee that your next software development project will be a success, even if you work in a high-maturity level organization. You do, however, have an advantage in your fourth project that you did not have in the first one: you have historical data to work with.

Having historical data at your disposal can help you in a number of ways. It can show you where your challenges lie compared to previous projects. It can show how well you addressed those challenges. And, of course, that data can be used to show how much project ...

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