Customizing GQM Models for Software Project Monitoring

Akito MONDEN  Tomoko MATSUMURA  Mike BARKER  Koji TORII  Victor R. BASILI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E95-D   No.9   pp.2169-2182
Publication Date: 2012/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E95.D.2169
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Software Reliability Engineering)
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Keyword: 
software process evaluation,  software measurement,  empirical software engineering,  process improvement,  

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Summary: 
This paper customizes Goal/Question/Metric (GQM) project monitoring models for various projects and organizations to take advantage of the data from the software tool EPM and to allow the tailoring of the interpretation models based upon the context and success criteria for each project and organization. The basic idea is to build less concrete models that do not include explicit baseline values to interpret metrics values. Instead, we add hypothesis and interpretation layers to the models to help people of different projects make decisions in their own context. We applied the models to two industrial projects, and found that our less concrete models could successfully identify typical problems in software projects.