Metrics Education Toolkit


METKIT - 2384

Keywords metrics, training, technology transfer


Start Date: 01-FEB-89 / Duration: 39 months

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Objectives and Approach

The main aim of this project was to accelerate the transfer of results on software metrics into the industrial workplace by providing enhanced tools for the education of current and future software engineers, managers, students, technicians and other types of practitioners.

The objective of METKIT was to produce a metrics educational toolkit capitalising on the results of ESPRIT and other national and international projects. This toolkit would be modular in nature, with the component modules supported in a multimedia educational environment including the use of computer-aided learning and video, as well as a wide range of the more conventional educational techniques (slides, overheads, text books, etc). The toolkit would be evaluated, tested and exploited by the partners, and also offered to a wider circle of users across Europe during the course of the project.

Progress and Results

In the first phase of the project, current industrial and academic practice, and needs in the application of software quality and productivity measurement and metrics have been identified, and associated training requirements have been determined. The range of educational technologies suitable for use in software measurement and metrics training activities has been investigated, and an emphasis has been set on teacher-mediated training methods.

A complete instruction package for teacher-mediated training has been produced for the training of students, engineers and managers. A textbook supporting the method has been publised. Further support includes a computer-aided instruction package, a video, a tool-sampler kit, a bibliography and a lexicon. The training package has been optimised after beta-testing.

Design, implementation and test of courseware and computer-based tools to teach software quality and productivity measurement and metrics have been performed. Training versions of existing metrics tools have been developed and case studies based on data from actual industrial projects implemented. A formal evaluation of the tools has led to a number of enhancements, both to individual packages and to the unity of the material.

Exploitation

The target audience trained during the course of the project includes managers, software engineers and academic students. The METKIT package and associated training tools is being exploited with the external or internal customer bases of the project partners.

The training material has been developed mainly in the English language, but core modules have been translated into French, German and Italian.

Further information about METKIT is available from the METKIT home page <URL:http://www.sbu.ac.uk/~csse/metkit.html>.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Michael Kelly
BRAMEUR LTD
Clark House, Kings Road
UK - Fleet GU13 9AD
tel: + 44/ 252-812252
fax: + 44/ 252-815702

Participants

BRAMEUR LTD - UK - C
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC - UK - P
GMD - D - P
SOUTH BANK POLYTECHNIC - UK - P
VERILOG - F - P
SES SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
SERVICES GMBH - D - P
DIDA*EL SRL - I - P
CAP SCIENTIFIC LTD - UK - P


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METKIT - 2384, December 1993


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