Metrics in SDLC: Let the Truth Prevail

Metrics in SDLC

  • Metrics are indicators of current or past conditions-they are not THE truth. The proper initial response to any metric anomaly is to investigate, not act.
  • The more a quantitative metric is visible and used to make important decisions, the more it will be gamed.
  • Be careful what you measure because that is what you are going to get. You should measure things, but understand when to make them as targets.
  • Vanity metrics makes you feel good, they cannot be used for decision making.

When and when not to use Metrics in SDLC

  • Will they be gamed?
  • Are we choosing Vanity metrics?
  • Do we need to use this metric as a measure?
  • Do we need to publish this metric?



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