Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
This International Standard identifies the activities and tasks that are necessary to successfully identify, define, select, apply and improve measurement within an overall project or organizational measurement structure. It also provides definitions for measurement terms commonly used within the system and software industries. This International Standard does not catalogue measures, nor does it provide a recommended set of measures to apply on projects. It does identify a process that supports defining a suitable set of measures that address specific information needs.
1.2 Field of application
This International Standard is intended to be used by suppliers and acquirers. Suppliers include personnel performing management, technical and quality management functions in system and software development, maintenance, integration and product support organizations. Acquirers include personnel performing management, technical and quality management functions in procurement and user organizations. The following are examples of how this International Standard can be used: - by a supplier to implement a measurement process to address specific project or organizational information requirements; - by an acquirer (or third-party agents) for evaluating conformance of the supplier's measurement process to this International Standard; - by an acquirer (or third-party agents) to implement a measurement process to address specific technical and project management information requirements related to the acquisition; - in a contract between an acquirer and a supplier as a method for defining the process and product measurement information to be exchanged.
1.3 Tailoring this International Standard
This International Standard contains a set of activities and tasks that comprise a measurement process that meets the specific needs of organizations, enterprises and projects. The tailoring process consists of modifying the non-normative descriptions of the tasks to achieve the purpose and outcomes of the measurement process. All normative clauses need to be satisfied. New activities and tasks not defined in this International Standard may be added as part of tailoring.
Conformance to this International Standard is defined as satisfying the purpose and outcomes of the measurement process and all of the normative clauses within the tasks in Clause 4. Any organization imposing this International Standard as a condition of trade is responsible for specifying and making public all task-specific criteria to be imposed in conjunction with this International Standard.