chapter  21
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Gaps and Errors in Tools, Methodologies, Languages

The author's approach uses multiple choice questions to ascertain the overall pattern of tool and methodology usage. As software has such high labor content and such dismal quality control, it is of considerable importance to be able to measure productivity and quality using standard economic principles. It is also of considerable importance to be able to predict productivity and quality before major projects start. There are a number of widely used questionnaires that gather supporting data on methods, tools, languages, and other factors that influence software outcomes. At the end of the questionnaire, space is provided to name the specific tools, languages, and other factors that had a significant effect on the project. What the author suggests would be a continuing series of workshops that involved the major organizations that are concerned with software: the SEI, IFPUG, COSMIC, ISBSG, ITMPI, PMI, ISO, Namcook Analytics, and so on.