It has been twenty years in the making. The Standish Group found that common measurements such as thousand lines of code (KLOCS) and function points (FPS) were neither consistent across organizations nor fully descriptive to form true normalization for effective cross organization or project comparatives.  In addition, sometime there is no code. For example, packages are purchased off-the-shelf.  Other times there is a mix of components and development. Yet, these projects are included in the CHAOS database and need to be measured in a consistent fashion to be able to truly gauge their effectiveness. Therefore The Standish Group has created a new normalization metric called Stanmets. Stanmets is shorthand for Standish Metrics. Read more