16-18 March 2005

“Today’s challenge is to make software measurement systems evolve towards methodologies that are pervasive and well articulated within certain environments, because they are standard , and agile in other contexts in order to capture and leverage emerging market and industry trends. This approach, which is acquiring strength also within the Project Management domain, can be defined as “Situational”. An approach which, based on classification elements of the production and sales context in which one is operating, helps to select and implement the most appropriate measurement methodology. Agile Measurement and Situational Measurement in the next few years could become the new keywords within international Software Measurement communities. SMEF 2005 gave us an excellent opportunity to overview cutting-edge software measurement practices and research works on the field. ”

The Chairperson
Roberto Meli

The Istituto Internazionale di Ricerca , Italian branch of The Institute for International Research, and Data Processing Organization, a leading company on software measurement, together with GUFPI-ISMA and SOGETI, had organized the second edition of Software European Measurement Forum, an international event in Europe about software measurement and metrics drawing from the experiences of experts also involved in other organizations including FESMA (Federation of European Software Metrics Associations) and ESCOM (European Software Control and Metrics).

More than 70 attendees from the industry and public administration, speakers from Europe and also from Australia; Canada; U.S.A and Mexico have attended to SMEF 2005. The second edition of SMEF has been very successful both as regards the quality of the proceedings and the satisfaction of attending delegates, confirming the encouraging results obtained on the first SMEF 2004 edition.

The ICT market highlights two major and apparently contradicting trends: on one hand, increasing interest for agile methodologies, Extreme Programming and rapid, incremental, evolutionary and prototyping production cycles, with a growing number of supporters traditionally uninterested in software measurement disciplines; on the other, two requirements are becoming ever stronger: support for drafting and managing greater volumes of contracts for ad-hoc software development projects, and, for certification purposes and process improvement initiatives, using software production process maturity models such as CMM-I which consider software measurement an essential procedure to scale from the very first levels of maturity.

Therefore, in an increasingly difficult, competitive and risk-ridden ICT market, software measurement, accurate or estimated as it may be, provides the key to streamlining productive processes, to reducing costs and improving customer-vendor contractual relationships and ultimately to overall customer satisfaction. All sales transactions should therefore be based on identifying product quantities, quality and terms of delivery against a proposed economical value.

Software measurement, on the other hand, is an excellent tool capable of responding to external and internal product and process development requirements. Measurement, in fact, being the basis of business management practices and methodologies as consolidated as Balanced Scorecards, Goal Question Metrics, and Key Performance Indicators, invests ICT product, processes and services. Quantitative knowledge is one of the essential elements which differentiates scientific and industrial knowledge from ritual and craftsmanship like knowledge. Therefore, software measuring systems can bring the field and practice of software engineering from a pioneering stage to a level of maturity characterized by higher standards of quality, quantity and dissemination. This direction is ratified by the strong presence of measurement components within the SWEBOK (Software Engineering Body of Knowledge) model, positioned as the sector’s standard of reference.