The main aim of this project was to accelerate the transfer of results on software metrics into the industrial workplace by providing enhanced tools for the education of current and future software engineers, managers, students, technicians and other types of practitioners.
The metrics educational toolkit project (METKIT) promotes the use of software engineering measurement in industry by producing educational material for both industrial and academic audiences. An educational package intended for use within academia has been described. A preliminary survey of academics lead to the specification of a modular course, mainly teacher mediated but with some self study material. The detailed structure of the modular system is available.
The main aim of the project was to accelerate the transfer of results on software metrics into the industrial workplace by providing enhanced tools for the education of current and future software engineers, managers, students, technicians and other types of practitioners.
A further objective was to produce a metrics educational toolkit.
In the first phase of the project, current industrial and academic practice, and needs in the application of software quality and productivity measurement and metrics have been identified, and associated training requirements have been determined.
The range of educational technologies suitable for use in software measurement and metrics training activities has been investigated, and an emphasis has been set on teacher mediated training methods. Computer aided learning and video systems are also being developed.
Design, implementation and test of courseware and computer based tools to teach software quality and productivity measurement and metrics have been performed. Training versions of existing metrics tools have been developed and case studies based on data from actual industrial projects implemented. A formal evaluation of the tools has led to a number of enhancements, both to individual packages and to the unity of the material.
The objective of METKIT was to produce a metrics educational toolkit capitalising on the results of ESPRIT and other national and international projects. This toolkit would be modular in nature, with the component modules supported in a multimedia educational environment including the use of computer-aided learning and video, as well as a wide range of the more conventional educational techniques (slides, overheads, text books, etc). The toolkit would be evaluated, tested and exploited by the partners, and also offered to a wider circle of users across Europe during the course of the project.
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