Before any type of product or service can be recognized as having proper and adequate quality, specific standards must be put into place. Without these definitions of characteristic requirements, it is impossible to judge the good from the bad. Only by employing exact measurements of performance is it possible to determine whether or not maximum capability is being achieved or maintained. As software development and usage becomes increasingly important in nearly every aspect of our daily lives, the application of software metrics becomes more crucial.

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Among its many benefits, software metrics could be considered to be the single most important tool in software process improvement. Metrics can indicate to what extent desired characteristic are present and which ones may be deficient. Efficiently improving factors such as reliability, volatility, errors and failure rates depends entirely on being able to measure all existing values.

Imagine an automotive engineer looking to create more horsepower from a particular racing engine. In order to increase the potential output, all current specifications must be defined and understood. Elements regarding compression ratios, displacement, fuel concentration, ignition scopes and many others need to be considered. Without being able to gauge the current status of a vital component, there can be no hope of improving it. Likewise, there would be no way to know if power had been increased without a method of measuring it.
As this is applied to a particular software product, consistent measures are the only way to know that our processes are improving. Repair, replacement and modification can only become possible through the identification of present conditions. Having precise formulas for monitoring functions like complexity and reliability give us benchmarks that enable consistent advancement. The intricate nature of software demands that it be quantified in a detailed and specific manner. Software metrics are the essential ingredients that allow it to be fully analyzed and ultimately brought to its full potential.

Before any type of product or service can be recognized as having proper and adequate quality, specific standards must be put into place. Without these definitions of characteristic requirements, it is impossible to judge the good from the bad. Only by employing exact measurements of performance is it possible to determine whether or not maximum capability is being achieved or maintained. As software development and usage becomes increasingly important in nearly every aspect of our daily lives, the application of software metrics becomes more crucial.

Among its many benefits, software metrics could be considered to be the single most important tool in software process improvement. Metrics can indicate to what extent desired characteristic are present and which ones may be deficient. Efficiently improving factors such as reliability, volatility, errors and failure rates depends entirely on being able to measure all existing values.

Imagine an automotive engineer looking to create more horsepower from a particular racing engine. In order to increase the potential output, all current specifications must be defined and understood. Elements regarding compression ratios, displacement, fuel concentration, ignition scopes and many others need to be considered. Without being able to gauge the current status of a vital component, there can be no hope of improving it. Likewise, there would be no way to know if power had been increased without a method of measuring it.

As this is applied to a particular software product, consistent measures are the only way to know that our processes are improving. Repair, replacement and modification can only become possible through the identification of present conditions. Having precise formulas for monitoring functions like complexity and reliability give us benchmarks that enable consistent advancement. The intricate nature of software demands that it be quantified in a detailed and specific manner. Software metrics are the essential ingredients that allow it to be fully analyzed and ultimately brought to its full potential.

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