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Application of Metrics in Industry

Objective

AMI intends to demonstrate the maturity and applicability of metrics technology to the industrial software community.
The application of metrics in industry (AMI) project intends to demonstrate the maturity and applicability of metrics technology to the industrial software community. A coherent set of real industrial software projects has been identified and supplied with a strategy for selecting, applying and reporting project measurements. The strategy will be optimized to guarantee rapid installation, fast feedback within projects and widespread applicability. The results of implementing this strategy combined with feedback from other projects will be the main inputs for the AMI major deliverable: the Metrics User's Handbook. This handbook will be a progressive guide on how to customize, install and apply the AMI metrics model. It will incorporate information on metrics standards and metrics teaching within the Community. The method used in the handbook demonstrates that starting form a quality goal, metrics can be implemented. The goal quality metrics (GQM) method from the software engineering institute (SEI) is efficient and is complementary to previous research and development activities which aimed to make intensive data collections and then analyze them.

The use of the AMI handbook and the associated AMI method has been demonstrated in 19 projects drawn from a variety of different industries. These include business systems, clerical systems, real time embedded systems, safety critical firmware, avionics systems, transport systems, telecommunications and simulators. The projects have shown that the AMI method and the AMI handbook are endorsed by industrial users and that the method enables software measurement to be implemented in an effective and efficient manner.

The AMI method is complementary to previous research and development activities and is mainly concerned with the establishment and running of a metrics programme, and makes use of results from these and other projects. The handbook has now been professionally formatted and published. Further material has now been professionally formatted and published. Further material is being produced that will provide support to implementers of measurement programmes using the AMI method. This will include AMI case studies, metric promoters' guide, a personal computer (PC) based AMI tool, and training in the use and application of the AMI method.
A coherent set of real industrial software projects within the AMI consortium has already been identified. The AMI team will supply these projects with a strategy for selecting, applying and reporting project measurements. The strategy will be optimised to guarantee rapid installation, fast feedback within projects and widespread applicability. The results of implementing this strategy combined with feedback from other ESPRIT projects will be the main inputs for the AMI major deliverable: the Metrics User's Handbook. This Handbook will be a progressive guide on how to customise, install and apply the AMI metrics model. It will incorporate information on metrics standards and metrics teaching within the Community and will draw heavily on the results of other ESPRIT projects.

The method used in the handbook demonstrates that starting from a quality goal, metrics can be implemented. The GQM (Goal Quality Metrics) method from SEI (Software Engineering Institute) is efficient and is complementary to previous R&D activities (such as in project 300, REQUEST, and project 1527, SPEM) which aimed to make intensive data collections and then analyse them.

It is expected that the AMI Handbook will quickly become a de facto Community standard upon which to base an escalating transfer of metrics technology into industry.

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GEC Marconi Ltd
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Participants (8)

ALCATEL AUSTRIA - ELIN
Austria
Address
Ruthnergasse, 1-7
1210 Wien
Advanced Software Technology
Italy
Address
Piazza Fidia 1
20159 Milano
Bull AG
Germany
Address
Theodor-heuss-straße 60-66
51149 Köln
GEC ALSTHOM
France
Address
33 Rue Des Bateliers
93400 Saint-ouen
INGENIERIA Y TECNOLOGIA DE SISTEMAS
Spain
Address
Avenida De Alfonso Xiii, 21
28002 Madrid
OBJECTIF TECHNOLOGIE
France
Address
31 Avenue General Leclerc
92340 Bourg-la Reine
Rheinisch-Westfälischer Technischer Überwachungsverein
Germany
Address
Steubenstraße 23
45138 Essen
South Bank University
United Kingdom
Address
Borough Road
SE1 0AA London