A Model for Analyzing Measurement Based Feedback Loops in Software Development Projects

  • Claus Lewerentz
  • Heinrich Rust
  • Frank Simon
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2176)


Measurements can be used as feedback instrument for improving software development. Much previous work considers technical preconditions; additionally we examine some psychological and social conditions that have to be analyzed and understood. Since these conditions depend a lot on the specific organizational environment of software development, we applied Argyris’ and Schön’s concept of ‘organizational learning’. We get a two-level feedback system for learning in software developing organizations by metrics based analysis. We identified three dimensions which can guide the analysis of measurement activities and which help to detect a strategy to increase the learning capabilities. As examples we analyzed the personal software process, experiences of applying a metrics tool, and extreme programming with respect to these dimensions.


Software Development Organizational Learning Action Strategy Software Development Process Software Development Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claus Lewerentz
    • 1
  • Heinrich Rust
    • 1
  • Frank Simon
    • 1
  1. 1.Software and Systems Engineering Research Group BTU CottbusCottbusGermany

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