Application of Metrics in Industry


AMI - 5494

Keywords metrics, technology transfer


Start Date: 01-NOV-90 / Duration: 24 months

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Objectives and Approach

AMI intends to demonstrate the maturity and applicability of metrics technology to the industrial software community.

A coherent set of real industrial software projects within the AMI consortium has already been identified. The AMI team will supply these projects with a strategy for selecting, applying and reporting project measurements. The strategy will be optimised to guarantee rapid installation, fast feedback within projects and widespread applicability. The results of implementing this strategy combined with feedback from other ESPRIT projects will be the main inputs for the AMI major deliverable: the Metrics User's Handbook. This Handbook will be a progressive guide on how to customise, install and apply the AMI metrics model. It will incorporate information on metrics standards and metrics teaching within the Community and will draw heavily on the results of other ESPRIT projects.

The method used in the handbook demonstrates that starting form a quality goal, metrics can be implemented. The GQM (Goal Quality Metrics) method from SEI (Software Engineering Institute) is efficient and is complementary to previous R&D activities (such as in project 300, REQUEST, and project 1527, SPEM) which aimed to make intensive data collections and then analyse them.

It is expected that the AMI Handbook will quickly become a de facto Community standard upon which to base an escalating transfer of metrics technology into industry.

Progress and Results

The use of the AMI Handbook and the associated AMI Method has been demonstrated in 19 projects drawn from a variety of different industries. These include businesss systems, clerical systems, real-time embedded systems, safety-critical firmware, avionics systems, transport systems, telecommunications and simulators. The projects have shown that the AMI Method and the AMI Handbook are endorsed by industrial users and that the Method enables software measurement to be implemented in an effective and efficient manner.

The AMI Method is complementary to previous R&D activities (such as in project 300, REQUEST, project 1257, MUSE, project 2384, METKIT, and project 1527, SPEM) which focused more on data collection and analysis. The AMI Method is mainly concerned with the establishment and running of a metrics programme, and makes use of results from these and other projects.

The Handbook has now been professionally formatted and published. Only 4 months after the first launch, more than 1000 copies of the book have been distributed Europe-wide.

Further material is being produced that will provide support to implementers of measurement programmes using the AMI Method. This will include AMI Case Studies, a Metric Promoters' Guide, a PC-based AMI Tool, and training in the use and application of the AMI Method.

Exploitation

The projects that demonstrated the use of the AMI Method are continuing to use the AMI Handbook as a basis of their metrics programmes and to support the extension of metrics to other parts of their companies. A large number of other companies across Europe have shown interest in the Handbook and the project is conducting active discussions with them.

Cooperation with PYRAMID (5425), METKIT (2384) and BOOTSTRAP (5441) will further support the dissemination of AMI results.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Kevin Pulford
GEC MARCONI LTD
Elstree Way
UK - BOREHAMWOOD WD6 1RX
tel: + 44/ 1-9066705
fax: + 44/ 1-9066362
telex: 915878 MARDEF G

Participants

GEC MARCONI LTD - UK - C
O. GROUP - I - P
ALCATEL AUSTRIA - ELIN - A - P
CORELIS TECHNOLOGIE - F - P
RWTÜV - D - P
SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY - UK - P
GEC ALSTHOM - F - P
BULL AG KÖLN - D - A
ITS - E - A


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AMI - 5494, December 1993


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