For years refactoring software has been a common process used to improve the quality, efficiency, and maintainability of an application. However, a recent article by IT World discusses how CIOs may not be getting a valuable return on their investment of time and effort into the refactoring process. While many believe refactoring reduces the risk of future headaches, new findings acquired through a study by Sri Lanka researchers suggests code quality is not improved significantly by refactoring.
When a business develops software, new technologies eventually outgrow the software. But that doesn’t mean the software stops working, which is why businesses continue to use legacy software. In fact, after all the fixes and patches, the legacy software still gets used because it simply works, even if it means the users are forced to run older operating systems and older web browsers to use it.
CAST ha partecipato al 1° Evento Metrico 2015 organizzato dal GUFPI ISMA, associazione di riferimento nazionale per la misurazione del software in Italia, tenuto a Roma lo scorso 14 Maggio.
La conferenza ha visto la partecipazione di Cast sui seguenti 3 topics:
The growing problem of technical debt cannot be overlooked. InfoWorld Editor Eric Knorr recently highlighted the need for technical debt to be paid down, noting, “I wouldn’t be surprised to learn we’re now in the process of accumulating technical debt at historic rates.”
Technical debt is expected to exceed 1.5 million per business application.
As Larry Quinlan, Global CIO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited explains, “CIOs need the courage to make the investments that reduce technical debt — and the knowledge and the team to know where and when to make those investments.”
Yet, despite the advances that give IT management proper visibility into the cost and quality of their application development, one issue still remains unresolved: accurate technical debt estimation. The issue resides in how technical debt is calculated and communicated to management.
In this post, we wanted to take a step back and break down exactly what a function point is and how an IT organization can use them to measure application development productivity, improve IT project planning and estimating, and better manage application service providers.
Gartner report highlights “application development managers need new ways to demonstrate and communicate the business value of software quality for innovation projects.” Continue reading