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Estimating Software-Intensive Systems: Projects, Products, and Processes by Richard D. Stutzke

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Chapter 16Collecting Data: Basics

You need to collect measurement data for

•  Tracking quantities that characterize projects, products, and processes.

•  Updating estimates.

•  Calibrating, updating, or building estimation models.

Chapter 4, “Measurement and Estimation,” discussed measurement and the need to limit the data collected. This chapter discusses practical aspects of implementing a measurement process. It provides tips, plus forms and spreadsheets that you can use to implement your measurement process.

16.1 Why Should You Even Collect Historical Data?

The project that is finally completed is not the project that you initially planned and estimated. In addition, software technology, methods, and tools change at a rapid rate. Because ...

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