Codermetrics: Analytics for Improving Software Teams [NOOK Book]

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How can you help your software team improve? This concise book introduces codermetrics, a clear and objective way to identify, analyze, and discuss the successes and failures of software engineers—not as part of a performance review, but as a way to make the team a more cohesive and productive unit.

Experienced team builder Jonathan Alexander explains how codermetrics helps teams understand exactly what occurred during a project, and enables each coder to focus on specific ...

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Codermetrics: Analytics for Improving Software Teams

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Overview

How can you help your software team improve? This concise book introduces codermetrics, a clear and objective way to identify, analyze, and discuss the successes and failures of software engineers—not as part of a performance review, but as a way to make the team a more cohesive and productive unit.

Experienced team builder Jonathan Alexander explains how codermetrics helps teams understand exactly what occurred during a project, and enables each coder to focus on specific improvements. Alexander presents a variety of simple and complex codermetrics, and teaches you how to create your own.

  • Learn how codermetrics changes long-held assumptions and improves team dynamics
  • Get recommendations for integrating codermetrics into existing processes
  • Ask the right questions to determine the type of data you need to collect
  • Use metrics to measure individual coder skills and a team’s effectiveness over time
  • Identify the contributions each coder makes to the team
  • Analyze the response to your software and its features—and verify that you're meeting team and organizational goals
  • Build better teams, using codermetrics to make personnel adjustments and additions
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449315337
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Alexander has over 25 years of experience in software development. He is currently VP of Engineering at Vocalocity, a leader in cloud-based business telecommunications. Previously he built and managed software teams at vmSight, Epiphany, and Radnet. He studied computer science at UCLA, and began his career writing software for author Michael Crichton.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    This is a book about metrics for software developers and softwar

    This is a book about metrics for software developers and software development teams. It is not about software quality but about the contribution of each individual to the software and the product.

    The book is organized into three parts.

    Part I talks about the concepts. It outlines the purpose of the metrics and then talks about how important it is to get the right data. It drills into the kind of data that is relevant to each individual - based on the project that he works in and his responsibilities. The book then moves on to describe the various data that can be used for the metrics like productivity, speed, accuracy, breadth, helpfulness, innovation and initiative.

    Part II is about the metrics themselves. These are categorized as Skill Metrics, Response Metrics and Value Metrics. Skill Metrics is in turn sub-categorized as Offensive, Defensive and Precision Metrics.

    The last part is about the processes - essentially how to use the metrics.

    The author uses the analogy of American football in the entire book to illustrate his thoughts. His real-life experiences has helped him with a wealth of information for the book.

    While the book is quite useful in theory, it is arguable how much of it can be put to practice and the effort it takes to do that. Perhaps a subset of the metrics can used as applicable.

    The book does get dry when it gets into the nitty-gritty and thus may not make a great reading end to end.

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