What Coca-Cola Measures to Deliver Software Faster, Better, Cheaper


On August 4th, 2010 CAST hosted an IT executive luncheon, bringing together leading Atlanta-area companies. Leading the discussion was The Coca-Cola Company, elaborating on how they measure quality and the velocity of change in their code base and use these metrics to deliver faster, at higher quality and lower cost.

Private Dining Room at McKendrick's
Atlanta Luncheon

Here are the key themes that emerged from the luncheon:

  1. Objective measurement of the software product itself is absolutely essential.
  2. Objective measurement drives visibility -- essential for early detection of structural quality problems that become prohibitively expensive to fix later.
  3. Early detection of structural quality lapses shifts IT from a reactive to a proactive stance, improving it both internally and in the eyes of business partners.
  4. When you measure the right structural quality metrics, you take control over the drivers of software cost and business risk.
  5. Starting to measure quality is easier than you think and pays off faster than you think. Even companies without the resources of Coca-Cola can take small steps that significantly improve their ability to manage cost and risk.

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