Continuous Iterative Development (Agile) Measurement Framework

The draft materials on this web site provide recommendations for measurement of continuous iterative developments (CID). The white paper includes an overview, and a series of diagrams and an ontology, to describe the development approaches and terminology used. The paper includes a measurement framework detailing common information needs and measures that are effective for evaluating CID approaches. This is documented in the “Information Category-Measurable Concept-Measures” (ICM) Table. The information needs address the enterprise, product/program, and team perspectives, as described in the ICM table. The framework also identifies an initial set of measures that have been identified as being practical measures to address these information needs. For the highest priority measures, sample measurement specifications have been developed that detail the identified measures. These materials are all draft. This is an initial release that is currently being updated by the working group. An updated release is scheduled for 20 December 2019.


The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Division formed a working group in conjunction with Practical Software and Systems Measurement (PSM) and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) to develop measurement recommendations.  These operational recommendations address implementation of the strategic Defense Science Board (DSB) and Defense Innovation Board (DIB) recommendations on measurement for continuous iterative development (CID).


The most critical information needs and measures have been prioritized, based on a series of surveys with members of relevant NDIA, PSM, and INCOSE working groups.  Additional measures will be specified, and revisions to the information needs will be included, as additional input is provided.  We welcome your recommendations and comments.

Click on the links below to view and download the CID Measurement white paper and associated ICM table and measurement specifications.

CID Measurement White Paper

Information Category-Measurable Concept-Measures (ICM) Table

Measurement Specifications

Automated Test Coverage


Committed vs. Completed

Cumulative Flow

Cycle Lead Time

Defect Detection

Defect Resolution

Mean Time to Restore (MTTR)

Release Frequency


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