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Implementing software project control centers: An architecural view

: Heidrich, Jens; Münch, Jürgen


Dumke, R.:
Software process and product measurement. International conference, IWSM 2008, MetriKon 2008, and Mensura 2008 : Munich, Germany, November 18-19, 2008; Proceedings
Berlin: Springer, 2008 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5338)
ISBN: 3-540-89402-0
ISBN: 978-3-540-89402-5
ISSN: 0302-9743
International Workshop on Software Measurement (IWSM) <2008, Munich>
Software Metrik Kongress (MetriKon) <2008, Munich>
International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement (Mensura) <2008, Munich>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software project control center; measurement

Setting up effective and efficient mechanisms for controlling software and system development projects is still challenging in industrial practice. On the one hand, necessary prerequisites such as established development processes, understanding of cause-effect relationships on relevant indicators, and sufficient sustainability of measurement programs are often missing. On the other hand, there are more fundamental methodological deficits related to the controlling process itself and to appropriate tool support. Additional activities that would guarantee the usefulness, completeness, and precision of the resulting controlling data are widely missing. This article presents a conceptual architecture for so-called Software Project Control Centers (SPCC) that addresses these challenges. The architecture includes mechanisms for getting sufficiently precise and complete data and supporting the information needs of different stakeholders. In addition, an implementation of this architecture, the so-called Specula Project Support Environment, is sketched, and results from evaluating this implementation in industrial settings are presented.