Metrics Collection versus Presentation There is a wise saying that says, “You can’t improve what you can’t measure.” The software process model is very cognizant of the importance of metrics data collection and metrics information presentation. I make a distinction between metrics “data” and metrics “information.” Metrics data is not that interesting but is a snapshot of a target area of interest. Metrics information is the summation or trends of that metrics data in a form that is useful to the viewer. That informational form could be a pie graph, a bar chart, a scatter chart, or a table. Metrics data is that which is collected as a byproduct of an activity execution using this software process model. Metrics information is a work product produced either by a metrics-related event-driven procedure or a schedulable activity.