International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Vol. 8 (2018) No. 6, DOI:10.18517/ijaseit.8.6.6441

A Conceptual Framework for Metrics Selection: SMeS

Zubaidah Bukhari, Jamaiah Yahaya, Aziz Deraman


A systematic and efficient measurement process can assist in the production of quality government web applications.  The quality of software products is often measured using the metrics-based method. Various types of software metrics have been suggested in the last three decades to measure software quality, track software progress, and certify software products. However, the process of identifying and determining a suitable software metric still lacks guidance and structure. Without an effective method to evaluate and select the software metrics, the time spent on selecting the correct and relevant software metrics may offset the advantages of using them. In this paper, using Evaluation Theory as the base theory and building upon the integration of the GQM (Goal Question Metric) approach, a conceptual software metrics selection model (SMeS) was proposed. This integration produces a software metrics selection process that is structured, transparent, and directive in choosing a set of metrics that would help the organizations’ measurement program. The result from this study improves the existing metrics software selection model and serves as a guideline in implementing clear and practical software metrics selection.


software metrics; software quality; evaluation theory; goal question metrics

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