The fundamental measurement concepts covered in this primer include a glossary of the language common to all measurement practitioners, a description of the principles shared by most measurement programs and their users, and generic components of successful measurement programs. The principles included here are consistent with the INCOSE Metrics Guidebook for Integrated Systems and Product Development and the Joint Logistics Commanders (JLC) Practical Software Measurement (PSM) guidebook, which are among the leading guidebooks for systems and software measurement. The contents of this primer also encompass a proven measurement process and some guiding principles for those intending either to use measures or to set up a measurement program. This discussion provides guidance on how to effectively use measurement, avoid its misuse, select good measures, obtain the benefits from correct use of measurement, and find references to other resources that discuss more specialized topics in measurement.
This document is organized to address two main goals. The first objective is to define the basic concepts behind measurement and measurement programs in such a way that they will be usable and readable by anyone regardless of their experience and background. The second objective is to provide the background knowledge needed to prepare you to set up a measurement program.
A softcopy of the Measurement Primer can be downloaded below. Members and the general public purchase a hardcopy version from the INCOSE Office.