Aligning Organizations Through Measurement

The GQM+Strategies Approach

  • Victor Basili
  • Adam Trendowicz
  • Martin Kowalczyk
  • Jens Heidrich
  • Carolyn Seaman
  • Jürgen Münch
  • Dieter Rombach
Part of the The Fraunhofer IESE Series on Software and Systems Engineering book series (SSENG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
    Pages 1-6
  3. The GQM+Strategies Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 9-17
    3. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 19-24
    4. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 25-28
    5. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 29-67
    6. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 69-90
    7. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 91-106
    8. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 107-125
    9. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 127-140
  4. Industrial Applications and Relations to Other Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 143-167
    3. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 169-180
    4. Victor Basili, Adam Trendowicz, Martin Kowalczyk, Jens Heidrich, Carolyn Seaman, Jürgen Münch et al.
      Pages 181-185
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-205

About this book

Introduction

Aligning an organization’s goals and strategies requires specifying their rationales and connections so that the links are explicit and allow for analytic reasoning about what is successful and where improvement is necessary.

This book provides guidance on how to achieve this alignment, how to monitor the success of goals and strategies and use measurement to recognize potential failures, and how to close alignment gaps. It uses the GQM+Strategies approach, which provides concepts and actionable steps for creating the link between goals and strategies across an organization and allows for measurement-based decision-making.

After outlining the general motivation for organizational alignment through measurement, the GQM+Strategies approach is described concisely, with a focus on the basic model that is created and the process for creating and using this model. The recommended steps of all six phases of the process are then described in detail with the help of a comprehensive application example. Finally, the industrial challenges addressed by the method and cases of its application in industry are presented, and the relations to other approaches, such as Balanced Scorecard, are described. The book concludes with supplementary material, such as checklists and guidelines, to support the application of the method.

This book is aimed at organization leaders, managers, decision makers, and other professionals interested in aligning their organization’s goals and strategies and establishing an efficient strategic measurement program. It is also interesting for academic researchers looking for mechanisms to integrate their research results into organizational environments.

Keywords

Empirical software engineering GQM GQM+ Measurement Project management Software development process management System management

Authors and affiliations

  • Victor Basili
    • 1
  • Adam Trendowicz
    • 2
  • Martin Kowalczyk
    • 3
  • Jens Heidrich
    • 4
  • Carolyn Seaman
    • 5
  • Jürgen Münch
    • 6
  • Dieter Rombach
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software EngineeringKaiserslauternGermany
  3. 3.Department of Information SystemsTechnical University of DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  4. 4.Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software EngineeringKaiserslauternGermany
  5. 5.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  6. 6.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  7. 7.Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software EngineeringKaiserslauternGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05047-8
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05046-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05047-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-8199
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-8202
  • About this book