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How does software engineering differ?

Explain how the lack of metrics for measuring certain software properties affects the software engineering discipline.

How does software engineering differ from other, more traditional fields of engineering such as electrical and mechanical engineering?

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1) Explain how the lack of metrics for measuring certain software properties affects the software engineering discipline.

Software metrics is defined as a set of rules for quantifying some property of software or its specifications. (McGraw-Hill Science and Technology Encyclopedia. 2005) Some common software metrics include:

Balanced Scorecard-This is a set of performance measures defined by 4 dimensions of performance. These dimensions are financial, customer, internal processes, learning and growth.
Bugs per line of code-Number of bugs found in the program divided by the number of lines of code.
Number of lines of Code-simple measure of the size of the program.

The goal of a metric in any discipline is to determine how close some endeavor gets to attaining some goal. In all branches of science, it is important to have metrics. Otherwise it is nearly ...

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This solution discusses the two computer engineering class questions in an attached Word document in 396 words with three APA-format references.

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