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Measuring Effort in a Corporate Repository
2011 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration
  • Michael Van Hilst, Nova Southeastern University
  • Shihong Huang
  • James Mulcahy
  • Wayne Ballantyne
  • Ed Suarez-Rivero
  • Douglas Harwood
Event Date/Location
Las Vegas, NV / 2011
Document Type
Project management and process improvement are a critical part of software development in an organization, especially for large scale and long-lived software. Metrics can be used as one of the means to evaluate this process. However, traditional methods of measuring effort, for example, focusing on editing time and lines of code produced, do not reflect the true cost to the organization. The organization pays developers for their time, regardless of whether they are writing code or performing other activities. This paper describes an experimental approach to track and measure effort in developer days, using log files from a corporate repository. The data is fine-grained, empirical, and non-invasively collected. Results have been tested on several projects in a large organization over a period of many years.
Citation Information
Michael Van Hilst, Shihong Huang, James Mulcahy, Wayne Ballantyne, et al.. "Measuring Effort in a Corporate Repository" 2011 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration (2011)
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