Does the sum of the parts equal the whole?

Errol Thompson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


In assessing software development projects, we want to assess a range of characteristics of the finished product. These include the design, the code, and possibly of the process used. How does providing a grade for each of the desired characteristics compare with a setting a minimal standard for each characteristic? The holistic assessment strategy is discussed and compared to grading of the parts, each characteristic, independently. In doing so, we contend that the assessing by summing the parts is not equal to assessing the whole.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the seventeenth annual conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications
Place of PublicationNew Zealand
PublisherNational Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications
Number of pages445
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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