Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Planning for Measurement

There are probably so many things in your organization to measure that you could easily become overwhelmed by the opportunities. But for measurement to be effective, it must be designed and targeted to support your business goals. To begin planning your measurement activities, ask yourself "What do I want to know or learn?"

This page offers selected resources to help you get started planning for measurement.

Goal-driven measurement, implemented via the Goal-Question-Indicator-Metric (GQIM) methodology, can help you identify and define software measures to support your own organization's business goals. Since the measures you define are traceable back to your goals, your data-collection activities stay focused on their intended objectives. The following resources can guide your goal-driven measurement efforts:

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CMMI includes a description of measurement and analysis activities with specific practices that guide projects and organizations in aligning measurement needs and objectives with a measurement approach that will provide objective results. To find out more about the role of measurement and analysis in CMMI, consider

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While organizations should begin with a systematic measurement definition approach such as Goal-Driven Measurement when selecting measures, SEMA has developed a set of core measures that would most likely be used as critical measures of success in software development projects. Using these core measures and their accompanying definitions can be especially useful if you intend to compare the data you collect with data from other organizations. These measures and influence factors can be found in