One of the most challenging tasks in developing and
maintaining a system is to meet critical project cost, schedule,
and technical objectives. With more complex capabilities in today's
systems, effective management of development and maintenance efforts
is a key factor in project success.
Practical Software and Systems Measurement: A
Foundation for Objective Project Management was developed to
meet today's software and system technical and management challenges.
It describes an information-driven measurement process that will address
the unique technical and business goals of your organization. The
guidance in PSM represents the best practices used by measurement
professionals within the software and system acquisition and engineering
- Practical Software and
System Measurement (PSM) is sponsored by the Department of Defense
and the US Army. The goal of the project is to provide Project
Managers with the objective information needed to successfully meet
cost, schedule, and technical objectives on programs.
- PSM is based on actual
measurement experience on DoD, Government and Industry programs.
Measurement professionals from a wide variety of organizations participate
in the project. PSM represents the best measurement practices used
within the software and system acquisition and engineering communities.
- PSM treats measurement
as a flexible process - not a pre-defined list of graphs or reports.
The process is adapted to address the specific software and
system information needs, objectives, and constraints unique to
each program. The PSM measurement process is defined by a set of
nine best practices, called measurement principles.
- PSM integrates the measurement
requirements into the software and system supplier's process.
The measurement set is tailored for each program to ensure that
the measurement process is not only cost effective, but also that
the measures provide meaningful and usable results.
- PSM defines an information-driven
analysis approach which helps the Project Manager make informed
software and system decisions. The PSM analysis approach
incorporates the use of multiple measures and non-quantitative program
data to identify and evaluate information needs, including issues, risks and problems.
- PSM supports current software
and system acquisition and measurement policy. PSM defines
a non-prescriptive measurement approach as required by acquisition
reform, and provides a mechanism for the objective communications
necessary within an Integrated Product Team (IPT).
- PSM provides a basis for
enterprise level management. PSM is designed to help put
measurement into practice at the project level, thereby providing
the data required to address enterprise level performance, process
improvement, and business-related questions. PSM also supports Information
Technology (IT) performance measurement requirements.
- PSM is currently being
used by DoD, Government, and Industry. PSM has been endorsed
by government Acquisition Executives, and is a key element of the
OUSD (A&T) software initiative. The PSM methodology is also
being adopted by government and industry organizations.
document details the Methods of Operation of
the various PSM project groups and explains the charter of the PSM
document briefly summarizes PSM, PSM Services, Calendar of
Events, and Current products.
the definitive guide to PSM.
participate in several ways.