An Agile Development Process and Its Assessment Using Quantitative Object-Oriented Metrics

  • Giulio Concas
  • Marco Di Francesco
  • Michele Marchesi
  • Roberta Quaresima
  • Sandro Pinna
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 9)


The development of a Web application using agile practices is presented, characterized by empirical software measurements that have been performed throughout the duration of the project. The project is the specialization of jAPS, an open source Java Web portal generation framework, for building a Research Register management system. The agile principles and practices used in the project are described and discussed. During the various phases of the project some key agile practices, such as pair programming, test-based development and refactoring, were used at different levels of adoption. The evolution of some object-oriented metrics of the system, and their behavior related to the agile practices adoption level is presented and discussed, showing that software quality, as measured using standard OO metrics, looks directly related to agile practices adoption.


Software metrics agile methodologies object-oriented languages 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giulio Concas
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marco Di Francesco
    • 3
  • Michele Marchesi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roberta Quaresima
    • 1
  • Sandro Pinna
    • 1
  1. 1.DIEEUniversità di Cagliari, Piazza d’ArmiCagliariItaly
  2. 2.FlossLab s.r.l.CagliariItaly
  3. 3.Lab for Open Source SoftwareICT District, Sardegna Ricerche, Piazza d’ArmiCagliariItaly

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