General Metrics Resources
Metrics Tutorials, Articles, and Papers
Metrics Process and Definition
An 8-Step Metrics Program
A step-by step guide for instituting a metrics program.
A Metrics Primer
A useful introduction by Karl Wiegers. See also traps to avoid.
A Software Metrics Plan
Example of an in-depth software metrics plan.
Definition of a set of software metrics that are appropriate for Java.
From Software Metrics to Software Measurement Methods: A Process Model
This downloadable paper "presents a process model for software measurement methods. The proposed model details the distinct steps from the design of a measurement method, to its application, then to the analysis of its measurement results and last to the exploitation of these results in subsequent models, such as in quality and estimation models."
The Intl. Function Point User's Group is the source for everything FP.
Function Points ResourcesI
An listing of FP-related Web sites.
Function Points ResourcesII
Object-Oriented Measurement and Metrics
OO Metrics Resources
Extensive OOM resources compiler by CETUS links. Recommended.
A Survey of OO Metrics
A useful survey of popular OO metrics is presented in this discussion.
"Applying and Interpreting Object-Oriented Metrics"
A NASA technical report addressing quality metrics for OO systems.
"Automated Metrics and Object-Oriented Development"
A Dr. Dobb's article describes Quality Metrics for Object-Oriented Development (QMOOD++), an automated tool that supports a suite of over 30 object-oriented metrics.
FP Articles and papers
pdf: FAST Function Points
A powerpoint presentation that outlines counting techniques and how to accelerate the counting process.
What About Function Points and Use Cases?
A reasonably detailed discussion of how to use FP to estimate the number of likely use cases or vis versa.
A simple FP example
Illustrates the FP computation.
Improving the Accuracy of Function Points Counts
A downloadable paper that "highlights some of the common mistakes that novice practitioners make as they learn the ropes of Function Point counting."
Function Points: Their Use in Software Development and Maintenance
An article that "addresses the origination of function points as a metric, describes its counting process, provides an example of a count, ... and indicates the future direction of function point usage."
Evolving Function Points
"This article outlines the findings of a metrics research program conducted during the last several years. The program explored function points' underlying framework, reviewed previous research, and considered changes to the current standard."
Function Points - Who Needs Them?
A useful commentary on how FPs provide useful project insight.
Predicting Maintenance Effort with Function Points
A study of the accuracy of FP measures in the estimation of maintenance effort.
Web Metrics Testbed
NIST usability metrics and tools.
Discusses the data to collect and how to analyze it.
How to Interpret Web Metrics
An article by Brian Eisenberg at ClickZ Today.
Web Site Metrics
A collection of brief articles on automated Web site metrics collection.
The Unified Field Theory of Web Metrics
If Web metrics makes your brain hurt, don't worry. We can simplify things for clarity. If we end up oversimplifying things a bit, that's the price you pay. As mathematician John von Neuman observed, "There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about."