Codermetrics
Analytics for Improving Software Teams
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2011
Pages: 264

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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3.0

Analytics for improving software teams

By Raghu

from Bangalore

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Comments about O'Reilly Media Codermetrics:

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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Content Free - no real supporting data

By Old Codger

from San Diego, CA

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    • Too basic

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Codermetrics:

      The title is misleading IMHO. I was really hoping to see something about 'code' metrics as the book is titled, and learning something about measured metrics in code and how those trends pertain to the codes stability and sucessess.
      This book was more a measure of the sociological trending adn measures in a software team - not 'code' metrics - but 'human behavior' metrics while producing code.
      I was looking for some metrics/equations/trends to be able to realistically apply to a code base. I didnt really find anything a real practical engineer could use in anger to apply toa code base.
      I guess it is telling to see that the book makes no reference to the work and relevance of peers such as McCabe and Halsted or to any industry accepted code complexity measures.
      A disappoitment from O'Reilly especially since they produce some very good content rich books.

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      4.0

      Interesting read

      By sandyboy55

      from St Louis, MO

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      • Well-written

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Codermetrics:

        With more and more companies trying to go with the offshore model for software development, it becomes extremely important to have a pragmatic way of measuring team and individual coding metrics. A lead always should know who the best developers on the team are not just by intuition but with solid data to back up. This book touches on the point of measuring the coder aka software developer.

        The book is an interesting read. The author makes it akin to keeping scores in sports. He explain each metric with formula and examples. He categorizes the metrics into skill, response, and value metrics.

        Overall, I think the book is very well-written. However, in practice it might be an extremely manual process to capture this data. Software development is a fast-paced activity leaving very little time to maintain data on each coder manually, especially in a large team. I would stick to the automated way of TeamCity + Sonar way of capturing coder metric data for now.

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        4.0

        Excellent book for quality focus

        By AM

        from MN

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Codermetrics:

        Once I started reading the book, I could not keep it down. It is written in an interesting and engaging manner and examples are easy to understand.
        I am wondering if you can provide us an excel spreadsheet template that we can use. I want to get going, we are begining development on a new release and going with two week sprints. If I had the time I could put the excel together but I dont have the time. I have updated the complexity column in all the tasks and bugs have severity level defined as well. I am ready to geth started but would really appreciate an excel template.

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