V-GQM: a feed-back approach to validation of a GQM study

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The Goal/Question/Metric paradigm is used for empirical studies on software projects. Support is given on how to define and execute a study. However, the support for running several subsequent studies is poor. V-GQM introduces a life-cycle perspective, creating a process, spanning several GQM studies. After the GQM study has been completed, an analysis step of the plan is initiated. The metrics are analysed to investigate if they comply with the plan or has extended it, and also to investigate if the metrics collected answer more questions than posed in the plan. The questions derived from metrics are then used to form the goal for the next GQM study, effectively introducing a feed-back loop. By introducing the bottom-up approach, a structured analysis of the GQM study is possible when constructing several consecutive GQM studies. A case study, using V-GQM, is performed in an industrial setting.


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  • Computer Science
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh International Software Metrics Symposium
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)0-7695-1043-4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch
EventMETRICS 2001 - London
Duration: 2001 Apr 42001 Apr 6


ConferenceMETRICS 2001

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