RUP® Plug-in for Practical Software & Systems Measurement (PSM) v1.0

Note: This plug-in requires the IBM Rational Unified Process®, or RUP®  v2003 base and cannot be used with earlier or later versions of RUP.


Over the past twenty years, measurement has evolved from something that was a “check-in-the-box process” into a management best practice.  Numerous case studies of successful projects and organizations have shown the value of measurement.  It is now a key management discipline, as evidenced by its inclusion into various process standards, models and guidelines such as the ISO/IEC 15939 standard, Software Measurement Process, and the Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model® IntegrationSM (CMMISM). 

Although it is now widely accepted that measurement is a key best practice, implementing a successful measurement program is still a challenge.  Many projects and organizations still try to build their measurement programs around the 10 best measures or try to measure so much that the program becomes a maintenance burden and fails.   

There is much more to implementing a successful measurement program than just the measures themselves.   The Practical Software and Systems Measurement (PSM) Initiative and the IBM Rational Unified Process, or RUP are two existing process frameworks that explain the measurement process.  The PSM Initiative is a team of government, industry, and academia that was formed to bring together and promote the best practices of software and system measurement.  RUP is a process platform that contains a process framework of best practices for iterative, incremental, software and systems development.   Together they can be used to implement an effective measurement process.

This plug-in integrates the measurement activities, artifacts, and concepts as described by PSM, replacing the measurement concepts provided by the RUP base framework.

Developed by: PSM & IBM Rational software

Practical Software and Systems Measurement (PSM) was developed to meet today's software and system technical and management challenges. It is an information-driven measurement process that addresses the unique technical and business goals of an organization. The guidance in PSM represents the best practices used by measurement professionals within the software and system acquisition and engineering communities.

RUP Base version: V2003.  You must first install RUP before you can install this plug-in.

Supported: Yes, by PSM.  All defects, enhancement requests, and comments should be entered using the comment form and emailed to PSMRUP_comments@psmsc.com.

Contact support e-mail: PSMRUP_comments@psmsc.com

Copyright and licensing info:
Copyright © 1987-2003 Rational Software Corporation
Copyright © 2002 Addison-Wesley.

Version of this plug-in: Version 1.0

Last modified: November 2003

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Practical Software Measurement: Objective Information for Decision Makers is the definitive guide to PSM.

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