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Software Metrics Don't Kill Projects, Moronic Managers Kill Projects

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Larry Brunelle

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Re: Software Metrics Don't Kill Projects, Moronic Managers Kill Projects Posted: Oct 30, 2007 7:21 PM
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The thing to remember about metrics is that they are about
measuring something, and as Deming himself noted, the most
important numbers are those you can't measure.

Yes, software is used pervasively. That's a GOOD reason for
not having common metrics. Even the same metric, when the
measurement can be supplied, doesn't mean the same thing in
different contexts. We measure speed for both cars and
airplanes. But we don't expect the same speed out of a
Mercedes as a 767 - or a helicopter. And airplanes have
metrics that don't apply to cars, like rate-of-climb,
service ceiling; likewise cars are measured for stopping
distance, which differs in meaning from a landing requirement.

And it's obvious that "fast" has an almost qualitatively
different meaning when applied to alligators . . . :-)

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