Software Product And Process Assessment Through Profile-Based Evaluation
Morisio, Maurizio; Stamelos, Ioannis; Tsoukiàs, Alexis (2003), Software Product And Process Assessment Through Profile-Based Evaluation, International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, 13, 5, p. 495-512
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Journal nameInternational Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
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Abstract (EN)Software entities (software products or processes) are characterized by many attributes, each one in its turn can be measured by one or more measures. In several cases the software entities have to be evaluated as a whole, thus raising the problem of aggregating measures to give an overall, single view on the software entity. This paper presents a method to aggregate measures, which works by comparing the product/process with predefined, ideal entities, or profiles. Profiles are defined starting from ranges of values on measures of attributes. The method is based on two main phases, namely definition of the evaluation model and application of the evaluation model. It is presented through a simplified case study that deals with evaluating the level of quality of an asset to decide whether to accept it in a reuse repository. A plausible way of how the method could be applied to process maturity assessment is also provided. The advantages of the method are that it allows using ordinal scales, while it deals explicitly with preferences expressed, implicitly or explicitly, by the evaluator.
Subjects / KeywordsSoftware evaluation; Quality models; Multiple criteria decision aiding
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