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Authors: Hans Christian Benestad 1 ; Bente Anda 1 and Erik Arisholm 2

Affiliations: 1 Simula Research Laboratory, University of Oslo, Norway ; 2 Simula Research Laboratory and University of Oslo, Norway

ISBN: 978-989-811-98-2

Keyword(s): Productivity trends, evaluation of new practices, novel measurement practices

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Service-Oriented Software Engineering and Management ; Software Engineering ; Software Process Improvement ; Software Quality Management

Abstract: Organizations that maintain and evolve software would benefit from being able to measure productivity in an easy and reliable way. This could allow them to determine if new or improved practices are needed, and to evaluate improvement efforts. We propose and evaluate indicators of productivity trends that are based on the premise that productivity during software evolution is closely related to the effort required to complete change tasks. Three indicators use data about change tasks from change management systems, while a fourth compares effort estimates of benchmarking tasks. We evaluated the indicators using data from 18 months of evolution in two commercial software projects. The productivity trend in the two projects had opposite directions according to the indicators. The evaluation showed that productivity trends can be quantified with little measurement overhead. We expect the methodology to be a step towards making quantitative self-assessment practices feasible even in low c eremony projects. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Benestad H.; Anda B.; Arisholm E. and (2009). Are We More Productive Now? Analyzing Change Tasks to Assess Productivity Trends during Software Evolution.In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE, ISBN 978-989-811-98-2, pages 161-176. DOI: 10.5220/0001949901610176

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title={Are We More Productive Now? Analyzing Change Tasks to Assess Productivity Trends during Software Evolution},
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year={2009},
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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,
TI - Are We More Productive Now? Analyzing Change Tasks to Assess Productivity Trends during Software Evolution
SN - 978-989-811-98-2
AU - Benestad, H.
AU - Anda, B.
AU - Arisholm, E.
PY - 2009
SP - 161
EP - 176
DO - 10.5220/0001949901610176

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