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Metrics-Driven Enterprise Software Development: Effectively Meeting Evolving Business Needs [Hardcover]

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"...a commendable contribution toward advancing the theory and practice of software engineering. Taking a cut across the software engineering life cycle and brilliantly juxtaposing know-how and show-how, Metrics-Driven Enterprise Software Development is a fine source of guidance on the use of metrics in enterprise software development for developers and managers alike."

--Deependra Moitra, Venture Catalyst and Management Consultant; Former Associate Vice President & General Manager, Infosys Technologies Limited

Metrics-Driven Enterprise Software Development is honest, informative and even funny in the right places without diluting the topic. The introduction of this book is beautifully crafted. It made me want to read more a rare accomplishment for a technical book.
--Shovon Mukherjee, Partner, GBS, IBM Global Services

This practical reference discusses why essential processes so often fail to deliver quality industrial software to meet user needs. It describes how to integrate processes and metrics to ensure easier and more effective enterprise software development. Its metrics-driven approach guides practitioners at every step of the life cycle and helps them analyze, design, implement, test and deploy solutions with greater confidence, purpose and sensitivity to evolving business needs.

KEY FEATURES --Presents insights and strategies for formulating metrics in software development activities and clarifies them in the context of iterative and incremental development methodologies
--Introduces techniques for building, applying and interpreting metrics for the workflows across the software development life cycle phases of inception, elaboration, construction and transition
--Highlights rigor vs. expediency trade-offs in the design and use of metrics, and suggests discovery vs. invention strategies for leveraging the correct metric
--Offers a free downloadable metrics-driven software development presentation and a quick reference glossary of important metrics -- available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center at

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Pages   281
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 27, 2007
Publisher   J. Ross Publishing
ISBN  1932159649  
ISBN13  9781932159646  

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Recommended read  Jan 30, 2008
I found this book very easy to read and entertaining to boot, and the metrics information extremely valuable.
In particular the Exception Estimation Score and Total Testing Score are excellent means of evaluating the breakdown of an application.
Metrics Driven Enterprise Software Development  Oct 29, 2007
Metrics-Driven Enterprise Software Development: Effectively Meeting Evolving Business Needs
It is a light and interesting reading. It is thought provoking and humorous in places.

Unlike other books in software or metrics space, the style of writing is very different and is simplistic in nature. The author has provided practical examples and has used cross-discipline analogies to prove the point. Anyone starting new in software field will certainly find a lot of wisdom rolled into this one book.

The author has covered a lot of ground by bringing in his experience. Reading thru the book, one could tell that the topic is well researched and the author clearly knows the role of metrics in the software field.

a good resource for managers who like quantitative measurements  Sep 4, 2007
Subhajit produces a very interesting read, a great feat for a dry topic. The book produces new metrics, some of which I will certainly be using. Given the current trend of enterprise roll out of Agile SDLC, this book provides a good resource to define metrics for measurements that will help quantify the value of Agile.
If there is anything "against" the book that I can think of, is in some cases the use of some uncommon words from the English Language. However that is really is a treat for connoisseurs of the language.
Whether you are a mid-level manager or a Sr. Executive, if you are in a business where "requirements change" (i.e. your team is building/defining software product), I strongly recommend reading this book and implementing the metrics.

A very readable and usable book for practitioners  Sep 1, 2007
Metrics-Driven Enterprise Software Development is a very readable book.
But what is perhaps more important for a book of this kind, it is also a
very usable book. Given the current state of software engineering (and
software engineering literature!) any book that pontificates on how
things need to be done, runs the risk of putting off the reader at the
very beginning. This is not such a book. The author describes very
typical software development circumstances with all the usual follies
and fallacies, and subtly weaves in his observations on how simple
metrics can instill more discipline and purpose.

Talking about metrics, the book introduces eight new metrics spread
across the life cycle activities from requirements to testing. It also
illustrates their use in enterprise software development scenarios
through a detailed case study. Before bringing in the new metrics, the
book reviews existing software engineering metrics at considerable depth.

The author makes an honest effort of setting the right expectations from
the book. He promises no panacea for the all the afflictions software
development in the large suffers from (it is strange people still expect
cure-alls; wasn't the issue of silver bullets settled in the 1970s?).
The book focuses instead on simple artifices that can help us build
better software. The metrics introduced in this book are all intuitive,
some very simple, and perhaps that is the reason why they stand a strong
chance of being put effectively to use.

The writing style is easy and engaging and the humor, far from cliched.

There is some mention of how important automation is whenever a project
team is working with metrics. More discussion on which aspects of
metrics-driven development are most amenable to automation (and which
are least) would have been very helpful.

Overall, Metrics-Driven Enterprise Software Development can be strongly
recommended to practitioners who wish to learn to get better at their
jobs without getting too much bogged down in theory.

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