In the digital age, the capability to develop, deliver and operate software-based products is critical to organizational success. But measuring the organizational capability to build and operate software-based products has been fraught with challenges for several reasons.
Software products, unlike manufactured products, don't have visible inventory and a visible manufacturing process, which makes the software development and delivery process challenging to measure.
Applying the manufacturing measurement paradigm to software development results in a flawed focus on outputs, such as measuring software development performance based on the number of lines of code. In software, it isn't the number of lines of code that matters. What matters is achieving a business outcome with minimal lines of code.
With the advent of Agile software development, velocity- the number of story points completed in an iteration -became an accepted way of measuring development productivity. However, velocity as a measure of software delivery performance has several flaws Velocity is a relative and team-dependent measure. Secondly, it makes it likely teams will game their velocity, especially if it is used as a productivity measure.
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