Measuring the Value of Web Applications

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5 Facets of Valuable Web Applications

Introduction to the Five Facets Framework

The term “valuable application” is used often, but seems to have little practical or consistent meaning. In an attempt to define what it means to produce a valuable web application, I propose a framework for qualitative measurement meant to facilitate communication and decision making among production teams, sustainment teams, and product owners in terms of a web application’s immediate and long-term value to the business and the application’s users.

When it comes to measuring value, organizations will sometimes base their determinations on arbitrary, incomplete, or inconsequential factors. They might measure the success of a project’s execution by comparing estimated versus actual costs, or decide that an application is complete when it satisfies its requirements, at which point, the application’s value is assumed. Both of these techniques serve a purpose, but neither of these account for an application’s ability to sustain its value, or even increase in value, after it is released.

This framework seeks to measure the less conspicuous, but more determinant factors of a web application’s value: its purpose, architecture, and implementation. The framework’s key principle is Continuous Improvement in support of Iterative Design.

The definition of a valuable web application will likely differ from one organization to another. Some may find the details of this framework suit them perfectly as-is, while others may find it necessary to make modifications. The important thing is that the discussion occurs, and measurable goals are agreed upon. My hope is that this framework will help facilitate those discussions in some way.

5 Facets of Valuable Web Applications

 

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  1. […] For an introduction to the framework read: Measuring the Value of Web Applications. […]

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