Measuring the Sustainability Performance of Software Projects

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Contrary to the common assumption that software is "environmentally friendly" simply because it is virtual, the processes and methods used to develop, maintain and deploy software do have an environmental, social and economic footprint. For example, e-waste could be greatly minimized if software vendors would take into consideration the lifetime of old hardware. Like so, software that is dependable minimizes waste of resources used to support the system. This paper introduces a set of software engineering metrics that can be used to assess the sustainability of software projects, and it demonstrates how these metrics were used to assess a real project.

By: Felipe Albertao; Jing Xiao; Chunhua Tian; Yu Lu; Kun Qiu Zhang; Cheng Liu

Published in: Proceedings of 2010 IEEE 7th International Conference on e-Business Engineering. , IEEE. , p.369-73 in 2010


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