Software Measurement and Software Process Improvement Needed

Writing in the Feb 2 edition of InformationWeek, Art Wittmann noted that in the January 2009 (yes, everyone knew about the crisis) poll conducted by InformationWeek, 44% of respondents said that demands on IT are rising while only 16% said that fewer projects are being requested and approved.  So it looks like most of us are agreed that the crisis will not affect the fact  that we will have more to do.  Will we have less to do it with?  According to Art, "spending will hold steady." So while that may be optimistic, it looks like we will have to produce more output with the same input.  As anyone familiar with software metrics knows, that means higher productivity, more function points per hours, fewer defects per function point, etc. How can we grab a chunk more productivity quickly?  You may not know as you read this but I expect that if you go back and think about your development process as a supply chain, you will be able to guess where there might be some bottlenecks.  If you can think of one (the one you think of will probably be the lowest hanging fruit) but don't know what to do next or if you can't think of any, let me know.  I might be able to help. Art Wittmanns article

Written by Michael D. Harris at 20:22
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