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Software Measurement

Establish — Extract — Evaluate — Execute


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 1-16
  3. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 17-39
  4. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 41-72
  5. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 73-90
  6. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 91-108
  7. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 109-164
  8. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 165-198
  9. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 199-244
  10. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 245-300
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    Pages 301-328
  12. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 329-434
  13. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 435-470
  14. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 471-486
  15. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 487-497
  16. Christof Ebert, Reiner Dumke
    Pages 499-510
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 511-561

About this book


Our world and our society are shaped and increasingly governed by software. Since software is so ubiquitous and embedded in nearly everything we are doing, we need to stay in control. We have to make sure that the systems and their software are running as we intend - or better. Software measurement is the discipline that assures that we stay in control.

In this volume, Ebert and Dumke provide a comprehensive introduction to software measurement. They detail knowledge and experiences about software measurement in an easily understood, hands-on presentation. Brief references are embedded from world-renown experts such as Alain Abran, Luigi Buglione, Manfred Bundschuh, David N. Card, Ton Dekkers, Robert L. Glass, David A. Gustafson, Marek Leszak, Peter Liggesmeyer, Andreas Schmietendorf, Harry Sneed, Charles Symons, Ruediger Zarnekow and Horst Zuse. Many examples and case studies are provided from Global 100 companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Atos Origin, Axa, Bosch, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Shell, Siemens and Vector Consulting.

This combination of methodologies and applications makes the book ideally suited for both professionals in the software industry and for scientists looking for benchmarks and experiences. Besides the many practical hints and checklists readers will also appreciate the large reference list, which includes links to metrics communities where project experiences are shared. Further information, continuously updated, can also be found on the Web site related to this book:


CMMI Function Point Analysis ISO 15939 ISO 19761 Information Technology (IT) Internet Software Measurement control controlling management object oriented design project management repositories society software

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Vector Consulting ServicesStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Otto-von-Guericke Universität MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

About the authors

Christof Ebert is managing director and partner at Vector Consulting Services, has authored several books in software engineering and serves on editorial boards of several scientific journals and as a frequent keynote speaker at conferences.

Reiner Dumke is professor of software engineering at the university of Magdeburg, Germany, and speaker of the German informatics society (GI) expert group on metrics.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
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IT & Software
Consumer Packaged Goods
Finance, Business & Banking
Energy, Utilities & Environment


"People who design and develop software like to call themselves software 'engineers'. Yet few organizations have really institutionalized measurement of their products and processes, surely the most basic requirement of any engineering discipline. A partial excuse is that the field of software metrics struggles to keep up with the fast-evolving field of software development. This book is bang up-to-date in both fields and packed with practical advice. For every software 'engineer'." - Charles R. Symons, SMS Ltd., London, UK

"Looking on the book contents, size, additional expert authors, etc. I think it will become 'the' excellent source for software metrics in the next years; my congrat's!" - Marek Leszak, Alcatel-Lucent, Nuremberg, Germany

"Congratulations for this great work - you did major improvements to the book which we used in our teaching in software measurement at our university." - Alain Abran, École de technologie supérieure, Montréal, Canada

"Your book on software measurement is one of the clearest, most concise, and most well written books on this subject. It is an invaluable contribution to the industry and it has been of great help to us in formulating IT Strategy." - Michael Milutis, Director CAI, Allentown, PA, USA

"A great quality of the book is its focus on practical matters."
"... an excellent resource for practitioners..."
from the ACM Reviews by Mirjana Ivanovic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro