The principal aim of PYRAMID is to help improve the quality and productivity of European software-intensive systems development and maintenance by the use of quantitative methods, equalling both the USA and Japan in the application of software metrics by 1995 (and in selected areas by 1992).
The PYRAMID approach is based on specific technology transfer methods to accelerate the technology diffusion process.
Specific activities will include:
- analysing the underlining technology diffusion processes in the market for software metrics and the present lag in metrics use in Europe behind the USA and Japan, including the key reasons (technical and non-technical)
- consolidating and exploiting other ESPRIT metrics projects work (eg COSMOS (2686), MERMAID (2046), MUSE (1257), REQUEST (300), SCOPE (2151) and SPEM (1527)) and successful leading-edge and best-practice applications experience in industry and government
- promoting in all Community countries the appropriate use of metrics and applying the most effective technology transfer mechanisms, avoiding duplication with other efforts.
Innovative methods for promoting metrics across Europe will be employed, including the use of European organisations such as the European Organisation for Quality Control (EOQC), and the European Workshop in Industrial Control Systems (EWICS).
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