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Investigating the impact of a measurement program on software quality

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Investigating the impact of a measurement program on software quality
Context: Measurement programs have been around for several decades but have been often misused or misunderstood by managers and developers. This misunderstanding prevented their adoption despite their many advantages. Objective: In this paper, we present the results of an empirical study on the impact of a measurement program, MQL (“Mise en Qualit´e du Logiciel”, French for “Quality Software Development”), in an industrial context. Method: We analyzed data collected on 44 industrial systems of different sizes: 22 systems were developed using MQL while the other 22 used ad-hoc approaches to assess and control quality (control group, referred to as “ad-hoc systems”). We studied the impact of MQL on a set of nine variables: six quality factors (maintainability, evolvability, reusability, robustness, testability, and architecture quality), corrective maintenance effort, code complexity, and the presence of comments. Results: Our results show that MQL had a clear positive im...
Houari A. Sahraoui, Lionel C. Briand, Yann-Gaë
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Year 2010
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Authors Houari A. Sahraoui, Lionel C. Briand, Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc, Olivier Beaurepaire
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