Software metrics best practices from a benchmarking assignment that indicates how software metrics are reported to management and used to drive behavior. We learned how leading companies used dashboards to report on quality progress and improvement results. We found the best organizations focused on the vital few metrics but also had automated systems with the ability to drill down on metrics at the divisional and team levels. In addition, the best normalized the metrics by number of customers or complexity. They systematically used root cause analysis to analyze bugs in the field. The SW Quality metrics often went beyond the strict definition of quality in that they also measured release predictability and feature expectations. Finally, the best companies used external benchmarks to set their quality targets.
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