The Metronos initiative was launched by a former Chairman of UKSMA, Bob Ratcliff.  It is designed to provide a channel for existing know how, not to develop new knowledge in software metrics.

Metronos has two parts:

  • to identify, promote and make readily accessible to the software community the best existing measurement know how - data, definitions and methods - to those that need it
  • and with that in place to provide qualify users of measurement to three levels – foundation, practitioner and expert
    Measurement is widely used in the software industry but has so far failed to live up to its promise. Software developers find it difficult to get started with measurement, acquiring information or data is difficult and the application of measurement uncertain. Measurement is often misapplied and misunderstood. Wise managers treat software measurement data with caution.

Why is this, when a mature body of knowledge applying measurement to software and software development already exists? The difficulty is accessibility to the software measurement body of knowledge, and difficulty in evaluating its credibility and relevance with respect to a particular measurement measurement need.

SWMBoK is the acronym for the Software Measurement Measurement Body of Knowledge and has been designed to address those difficulties by providing a platform for storing and retrieve measurement related resources.

To be able to structure and provide access to the information in the Metronos knowledgebase, SWMBoK is hosted on a dedicated website designed for that purpose located at the SWMBoK site .

The site is under development and when complete experts an practitioners in software measurement will be invited to participate and contribute.

SWMBoK Knowledge Base Structure

The information in the SWMBoK is stored in 2 forms

  • Macro-KB
    • An unstructured set of articles , documents, links, media and references. Each entry being tagged to enable them to be found during a search. This is the main source of information upon which the Micro-KB draws
  • Micro-KB
    • A set of views of the Macro-KB designed to meet the needs of a particular measurement Stakeholder.

This is related to the UKSMA Modus Operandi in that the first 2 steps of which

identifies the measurement stakeholders and their needs. This leads to the creation of the Micro-KB.

the deliverable from the Projects are added to the Macro-KB

SWMBoK is a living resource of information. The speed at which it grows is therefore dependent on the level of participation and contribution