Software quality is a nuanced concept that requires a framework that addresses functional, structural and the process of the software delivery understand. Measurement of each aspect is a key tool for understanding whether we are delivering a quality product and whether our efforts to improve quality are having the intended impact. However, measurement can be costly. To balancing the effort required to measure quality versus the benefit, you first need to understand the reasons for measuring quality. Five of reasons quality is important to measure include:(more…)
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 395 features our essay on productivity. While productivity might not be the coolest subject, understanding the concept is critical to every company’s and every worker’s financial well-being.
Gene Hughson brings another entry from his Form Follows Function blog to the Software Process and Measurement Cast. Gene discusses the idea of accidental innovation. Gene suggests that innovation is not a happy accident, but is a result of a process, structure, and technology that can enhance innovation. However, it can just as easily get in the way.
In our third column this week, Kim Pries, the Software Sensei, brings us a discussion of how software developers leverage assimilation and accommodation in the acquisition of knowledge.
The more complex the door, the lower the ‘door’ productivity – but not always.
While productivity is a simple calculation, there are a few mistakes organizations tend to make. The five most common mistakes reduce the usefulness of measuring productivity, or worse can cause organizations to make poor decisions based on bad numbers. The five most common usage and calculation mistakes are:(more…)
In simplest terms, productivity is the ratio of output per unit of input.
Almost every conversation about change includes a promise of greater productivity. In simplest terms, productivity is the ratio of output per unit of input. While the equation is for calculating productivity is straightforward, as we have discussed, deciding on which outputs from an organization or process to count is never straightforward. The decisions on the input side of the equation are often equally contentious. Three critical decisions shape what measures will be needed to supply the inputs used to calculate productivity. (more…)
How to Measure Anything, Finding the Value of “Intangibles in Business” Third Edition
Next week we will begin the read of Commitment – Novel About Managing Project Risk by Olav Maassen and Chris Matts. I am currently trying to determine the approach to the blog entries for this book. I believe this will be a relatively quick read or re-read based on the pace and style of the book. This is mostly a graphic novel (one of my favorite styles), which might put some off of the book. Buy your copy today and start reading. If you use the link above it will support the podcast. I am running the poll for the next book after Commitment to save time when we are ready for the next, next book in a few weeks! As in past polls please vote twice or suggest a write-in candidate in the comments. We will run the poll for one more week.