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Five Core Metrics: The Intelligence Behind Successful Software Management by Lawrence H. Putnam, Ware Myers

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Chapter 7. Penetrating the Software Productivity Jungle

It is common knowledge that some software development organizations are more effective than others. They may have attained a higher level on the Capability Maturity Model. They may have a more effective process than other organizations. They may be employing better tools. Their management may be more insightful.

It is also common knowledge that about half of the organizations evaluated rest somewhere in CMM Level One. Study after study has found that many organizations do not even complete some of their projects. Others fail to complete within the planned schedules and budgets. In other words, they are not very effective.

Donald J. Reifer, a veteran consultant since the 1970’s, found these ...

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