Software Metrics: A Rigorous and Practical Approach, Third Edition

Norman Fenton, James Bieman

October 1, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 617 Pages - 155 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439838228 - CAT# K11732
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Innovations in Software Engineering and Software Development Series


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  • Explains how quantitative and empirical methods are applied to software engineering problems
  • Provides readers with a basic understanding of why and how we measure
  • Presents the fundamentals of measurement, experimentation, and data collection and analysis
  • Offers in-depth information on a range of specific metrics and their uses, illustrated by many examples and case studies
  • Contains numerous end-of-chapter exercises, with answers to selected exercises at the back of the book

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A Framework for Managing, Measuring, and Predicting Attributes of Software Development Products and Processes
Reflecting the immense progress in the development and use of software metrics in the past decades, Software Metrics: A Rigorous and Practical Approach, Third Edition provides an up-to-date, accessible, and comprehensive introduction to software metrics. Like its popular predecessors, this third edition discusses important issues, explains essential concepts, and offers new approaches for tackling long-standing problems.

New to the Third Edition
This edition contains new material relevant to object-oriented design, design patterns, model-driven development, and agile development processes. It includes a new chapter on causal models and Bayesian networks and their application to software engineering. This edition also incorporates recent references to the latest software metrics activities, including research results, industrial case studies, and standards.

Suitable for a Range of Readers
With numerous examples and exercises, this book continues to serve a wide audience. It can be used as a textbook for a software metrics and quality assurance course or as a useful supplement in any software engineering course. Practitioners will appreciate the important results that have previously only appeared in research-oriented publications. Researchers will welcome the material on new results as well as the extensive bibliography of measurement-related information. The book also gives software managers and developers practical guidelines for selecting metrics and planning their use in a measurement program.


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