Measure your open source projects with this free tool

6th Sense Analytics, a pioneer in improving software development metrics, will make its software solution available to academic groups and open source projects free of charge. By assisting these groups through automated collection of activity-based data, 6th Sense will actively support the academic study of software engineering and help open source projects to demonstrate progress, value and differentiation.

It is a powerful and unique software-as-a-service solution for achieving accurate and consistent visibility across distributed software development projects. 6th Sense automatically and unobtrusively collects activity-based data from developer tools and delivers on-demand analytics to individuals and teams.

This delivers insight into the time spent on specific activities, and provides a basis for understanding team effort, productivity and overall project velocity - ensuring software development projects are on time, on budget and on target with business goals. All of this allows software development teams to improve their ability to deliver successful project outcomes, critical to the overall success of a globally distributed software development effort.

For open source projects, the solution provides the means to clearly communicate the value of an initiative by offering an empirical measure of the investments being made. For example, tracking active hours of developer contributions to a project stimulates adoption by easing concerns about dormant or stagnant open source projects.

By being able to understand development patterns and performance, academic groups can use data gathered by 6th Sense as a learning instrument for assessing student understanding and growth. A professor, for example, can see what tools are being used by which students, while also understanding the proportion of time a student, or group of students, are spending within a particular task, such as debugging versus coding.

At the same time, the data gathered in the academic environment can be compared and contrasted with usage patterns and performance in the commercial market, bringing a real-world perspective to the learning environment. Finally, students can create a report with their metrics to validate and substantiate their experience to prospective employers.