Promotion of Metrics


PYRAMID - 5425

Keywords metrics, systems development, software engineering, technology transfer


Start Date: 15-OCT-90 / Duration: 24 months

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Objectives and Approach

The principal aim of PYRAMID is to help improve the quality and productivity of European software-intensive systems development and maintenance by the use of quantitative methods, equalling both the USA and Japan in the application of software metrics by 1995 (and in selected areas by 1992).

The PYRAMID approach is based on specific technology transfer methods to accelerate the technology diffusion process.

Specific activities will include:

Innovative methods for promoting metrics across Europe will be employed, including the use of European organisations such as the European Organisation for Quality Control (EOQC), and the European Workshop in Industrial Control Systems (EWICS).

Progress and Results

A first release fo the "Guide of best Practices to Software Metrication" has been produced.

The project is continuing along two directions, 1) to improve and complete the "Best Practice" document aiming at wide diffusion and education, and 2) to organise promotional events and standard activities. These activities are progressing well and should evolve to fit very practically within "a Total Quality Management" policy for software systems.

Exploitation

A series of conferences (self funded) has been organised by the project. These conferences are planned on an annual basis and aim at promoting quantitative methods in sectorial areas (telecommunications, banking, health care) and in different countries (France, Greece, UK, Germany). The Eurometrics '91 conference held in Paris was a great success.

Finally, the ESMEI (European Systems Management and Engineering Institute) has been created as a centre of excellence. ESMEI's aim is to promote R&D results to the European industry. Currently three European representatives of the institute have been created (D, F, UK).


CONTACT POINT

Mr Frédéric Copigneaux
VERIDATAS
Aéropole Batiment A
F - 31700 BLAGNAC
tel: + 33/ 61 719161
fax: + 33/ 61 718867
telex: 533794 F

Participants

VERIDATAS - F - C
BRAMEUR LTD - UK - P
EUROEXPERT & PARTNERS - F - P
DATA LOGIC - UK - P
SIEMENS AG - D - P
ATHINAI TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LTD - GR - A
ETNOTEAM SPA - I - A
RWTÜV - D - A
CRIL - F - A


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PYRAMID - 5425, December 1993


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