Metrics you can use to measure software quality

<blockquote>Tom DeMarco, a famous author of books on software development, once said: “You cannot control what you cannot measure”. In one of our articles, we mentioned that software must comply with the following indicators...</blockquote>

30 / 05 / 19
Tom DeMarco, a famous author of books on software development, once said: “You cannot control what you cannot measure”.

In one of our articles, we mentioned that software must comply with the following indicators:


  • Dependability
  • Robustness
  • Performance
  • Usability
  • Supportability
  • Reusability
  • Interoperability

The question is, which metrics can you use to measure software quality?

It goes without saying that software must meet these indicators. What else can you use?

We can divide the metrics into three groups:


  • Product metrics
  • Process metrics
  • Project metrics

It is understood that product metrics describe the characteristics of the product, such as complexity, productivity, size, and other factors.

Process metrics describe the characteristics of the development process. These include the response time of the bug fixing process, the effectiveness of bug removal, and so on.

Project metrics describe the characteristics of the project. These can include the size of the project team, the schedule of the project, and the project cost.

If you can measure these metrics, you can assess the quality of the software. The project manager will help you to use these metrics correctly.

We can also say that a high-quality software program has great levels of:


  1. Maintainability (it is easy to maintain the code and add modifications)
  2. Portability (it is easy to install, replace, and adapt to new environments)
  3. Functionality (it performs the stated functions)
  4. Performance (the software works quickly and is stable)
  5. Usability (the software is easy to use)
  6. Reliability (the software must work under any conditions)
  7. Security (all information must be protected)

Another possible metric for measuring software quality is a software design evaluation. An attractive design is your competitive advantage.

If you have had a bad experience working with remote teams, you may now want to control everything. Unfortunately, this takes a lot of time. You will have to trust your new team.

From time to time, you can check the summary report of all testing activities. You will know what is actually going on with the project.

If you use software metrics, and you monitor your team’s workflow, you can improve it and better manage the development process.


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