Complexity Metrics for Systems Development Methods and Techniques

Matti Rossi, Sjaak Brinkkemper

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    So many systems development methods have been introduced in the last decade that one can talk about a ¿methodology jungle¿. To aid the method developers and evaluators in fighting their way through this jungle, we propose a systematic approach for measuring properties of methods. We describe two sets of metrics which measure the complexity of single diagram techniques, and of complete systems development methods. The proposed metrics provide a relatively fast and simple way to analyse the descriptive capabilities of a technique or method. When accompanied with other selection criteria, the metrics can be used for estimating the relative complexity of a technique compared to others. To demonstrate the applicability of the metrics, we have applied them to 36 techniques and 11 methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-227
    JournalInformation systems
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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