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Metrics for Software
Testing: Managing with Facts: Part 2: Process Metrics
In the previous
article in this series, I offered a number of general observations about
metrics, illustrated with examples. We talked about the use of metrics to manage
testing and quality with facts. We covered the proper development of metrics,
top-down (objective-based) not bottom-up (tools-based). We looked at how to
recognize a good set of metrics.
In the next three
articles in the series, we'll look at specific types of metrics. In this
article, we will take up process metrics. Process metrics can help us understand
the quality capability of the software engineering process as well as the
testing capability of the software testing process. Understanding these
capabilities is a pre-requisite to rational, fact-driven process improvement
decisions. In this article, you'll learn how to develop and understand good
of Process Metrics
As I wrote above,
process metrics help us understand process capability. They provide a means of
measuring a process. As mentioned in the previous article, we can talk about
metrics as relevant to effectiveness, efficiency, and elegance.
process metrics measure the extent to which a process produces a desired result.
Efficiency process metrics measure the extent to which a process produces that
desired result in a way that is not wasteful and, ideally, minimizes the
resources used. Elegance process metrics measure the extent to which a process
achieves effectiveness and efficiency in a graceful, well-executed fashion.
provide practical insights about your current capabilities. By benchmarking your
process metrics against industry norms, you can see where your test process
stands compared with other companies. This can give you good ideas about which
parts of the process to improve. It can also help you avoid trying to improve
the parts of your process where your capabilities are already sufficiently
It's important to
remember that process metrics measure process capabilities. It's a classic worst
practice of metrics to assume that process metrics measure team or individual
capabilities. Most of the factors that control a process's capabilities are
under control of management, not under control of the team or individual
carrying out that process. If such metrics are used to reward or punish teams or
individuals, then they will often find ways to distort the metrics in order to
maximize rewards or minimize punishments. You will then lose the ability to
truly measure the process, and thus lose the opportunity to identify ways to
improve the process.
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Software Testing - Vol. 3: Guide to the ISTQB Advanced Certification as an
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