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The quality of a software product is seen as the amount of various technical debts embedded into the product and delivered to end-users, which we can define and measure with the aim to eliminate or at least minimize it. The technical debt is broadly defined as a combined product non-compliance with technical guidelines and business objectives that negatively impact business results. Eight categories of technical debt (and product quality) are classified. Crucial metrics and its acceptable values are identified for each category. As result of this comprehensive, more than 6000 hours, research, a Technical Debt Reduction Platform called TETRA was build. It has become a proprietary practice to measure and control technical debt and assess software products.

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tetra t echnical d e b t r eduction pl a tform
TETRATechnical DebtReductionPlatform

See your product from inside

what is technical debt
What is Technical Debt?

Technical debt,according to the industry best practices,is any

code added now that will take more work to fix at a later time; 

typicallywith the purpose of achieving rapid gains.

We at Intetics consider technical debt as a combined

product non-compliance with technicalguidelines and

businessobjectives that negatively impact business


the tetra story
The TETRA Story

Tetra is a tiny fish you can see in every aquarium named so because of four (tetra = four in Greek) distinctive fins. It’s a nice, small fish with thousands of various species available. It’s like Technical Debt of your software product consists of that small, insignificant, sometimes “locally beautiful” trade-offs of quick solutions that are easy to implement instead of applying the overall best solution.

Exactly like with financial debt, when technical debt piles up you will pay an “interest” in the form of harder maintainability, mediocre user experience, development team productivity declines, and overall higher costs. The more tetras are in your aquarium, the more fodder you need and more often you need to clean it up. 

Inteticsput more than 6,000 hours of original research into TETRAdevelopment.

multiple faces of technical debt
Multiple Faces of Technical Debt

Technical Debt on a boring techie slang is …Quality


  • Defines the level of customer satisfaction
  • Measures excellence or a state of being free from defects, deficiencies and significant variations
  • Means meeting the requirements of the customer

Intetics sees quality as a delivered level of a software product and processes

measured bybusiness critical metrics.

who benefits from tetra
Who benefits from TETRA?

Who needs to TETRA

a Software Product?


Software Owners

  • To evaluate the technical state of a product for purchase
  • To better define the fair market value of a product
  • To better asses investment risks of the intended transaction
  • To measure amount of technical debt (aka ‘quality levels’) of a product
  • To get objective insights for decision making and priority setting 
  • To improve software processes and increase proficiency of the development team
tetra elements tetra assesses product per eight two tetras dimensions
TETRAelementsTETRA assesses product per eight (two tetras!) dimensions
  • Source code quality – assessment of quality of product source code by a number of critical parameters
  • Usability, UI & Documentation – evaluation of product user interface, usabilityand documentation
  • Security– valuation of product vulnerabilities according to CVE, CERT, CWE, OSVDB, OWASP, and BID
  • Performance– measurement of product performance and load parameters
  • Business logic – audit of how product fits in to business objectives
  • Architecture quality – expert assessment of product software core structure and data model
  • Data quality – check of product resistance to bad data, exception handling, and bad data prevention
  • Open Source code use – detection of use of open source and other 3rd party code
source code analysis
Source Code Analysis

Key source code quality metrics*

  • Cyclomatic Complexity (methods, classes, files) - is a measure of the number of linearly independent paths through a program module.
  • Duplications (lines, blocks, files) - Number of physical lines touched by duplications.
  • Code coverage (lines, branches) - Percent of source code covered by

unit tests. Unit tests help test individual units of the source code to evaluate whether they are fit for use.

  • Rules compliance – Compliance of source code to a coding standard and best practices of a particular programming language.
  • SQALE - Software Quality Assessment based on Lifecycle Expectations, is a method to support the evaluation of a software application source code.

* The list of metrics was established on the basis of best practice analysis, Intetics original research and vast expertise acquired during multiple projects. All the mentioned metrics affect the probability of defect appearance. The dependence example is displayed in the graph.

intetics source code quality management platform
Intetics Source Code Quality Management Platform

Version Control Systems


Sonar Runner


Effect on Source Code Quality

  • Automated analysis and code review
  • Enforcing of coding standards
  • Centralized quality metrics repository
  • Dramatically improved source code quality

Effect on Team Proficiency

  • Best practice sharing
  • Automated RCAs
  • Individual corrective actions
  • Remarkable improvement of team proficiency









Code source

Java, Cobol, VB PL/SQL, Flex, PHP, C

Sonar web interface



code quality assessment report
Code Quality Assessment Report
  • General Source Code Quality level description:
  • Perfect (A)– No Problems
  • Good (B)– There are low-priority issues that aren’t very important, but should be fixed
  • Medium (C)– Mediocre quality of source code; requires refactoring
  • Low (D)– Low quality code, needs refactoring and fixing of all found issues
  • Critical (E)– It is imperative to fix all issues NOW. High impact problems that often prevent a user from correctly completing a task. May require re-development.
usability assessment
Usability Assessment

Is based on

Valuation Testing

List of Defects

Valuation of

Documentation evaluation

  • Learnability
  • Memorability
  • Efficiency
  • Error tolerability
  • Likeability

Expert assessment based on the developed documentation analysis system

About 130 various tests applied depending on product complexity

Quantity and severity of bugs provide additional insights

* The list of metrics was created on the basis of best practice analysis, Intetics original research and expertise acquired during multiple projects.

result summary
Result Summary

Usability is the ease of use of a software product. After respective testing, the Usability Report provides an objective feedback on how effectively the product fills users’ needs.

software product security assessment
Software Product Security Assessment

Security – valuation of product vulnerabilities according to

  • CVE - The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
  • CERT - The Computer Emergency Response Team for the Software Engineering Institute
  • CWE - The Common Weakness Enumeration
  • OSVDB - The Open Source Vulnerability Database
  • OWASP - The Open Web Application Security Project
  • BID - Bugtraq ID, a list of security vulnerabilities

Severity level for every issue is based on

CVSS, The Common Vulnerability Scoring

System, for each vulnerability

* The list of metrics was gathered on the basis of best practice analysis, Intetics original research and expertise acquired during multiple projects.

performance assessment 1
Performance Assessment

Performance – product evaluation based on customer requirements done by load testing and virtual users’ activity simulation.

load test metrics
Load Test Metrics

The following metrics are measured (mostly for web applications):

* The list of metrics was created on the basis of best practice analysis, Intetics original research and expertise acquired during multiple projects.

business logic assessment 1
Business Logic Assessment

Business logic assessment is evaluation of how well a software product automates the intended business processes based on feedback of different focus groups like end-users, management, customers, community, etc.

The evaluation is based on the six main metrics:

  • Effectiveness
  • Quality of product
  • Data safety
  • Simplicity
  • Business Rules and Policy
  • Competitiveness

* The list of metrics was created on the basis of best practice analysis, Intetics original research and expertise acquired during multiple projects.

architecture quality
Architecture Quality

Architecture quality is an expert assessment of product software structure and data model

Good architecture includes:

  • Good maintainability and extensibility
  • Fast implementation of change requests
  • ‘Poka-yoke’ (inadvertent error prevention)
  • Easy knowledge transfer
  • Adequate performance
structure of assessment
Structure of Assessment
  • Security



  • Design Patterns
  • Services







  • Exception handling
  • Components



  • Layers





Service Interface

Coupling and Cohesion

* The list of metrics was created on the basis of best practice analysis, Intetics original research and expertise acquired during multiple projects.

quality of data
Quality of Data

Qualityof Data isassessment of product resistance to bad data, exception handling, and bad data prevention.

Assessment is based on seven main metrics 

  • Accuracy
  • Consistency
  • Validity
  • Currency
  • Completeness
  • Timeliness
  • Accessibility

* The list of metrics was created on the basis of best practice analysis, Intetics original research and expertise acquired during multiple projects.

result summary 3
Result Summary

General Quality of Data


Accuracy 97%

Completeness 98%

Consistency 96%

Timeliness 90%

Validity 97%

Accessibility 95%

Currency 91%

Life (Production)

Data Quality


Data Structure




open source code assessment 1
Open Source Code Assessment

Detects inclusions of open source components to the product and helps to mitigate copyright, security, legal, and operational risks that can come out of such use.

Report Outcomes

  • List of open source code in the product
  • Licenses and copyrights
  • Open source software version analysis
  • Vulnerabilities and risks
applications architecture oracle integrating

Applications Architecture (Oracle) Integrating and Automating Next Generation Business Processes

  • MSDN Guidelines The key guidelines for designing the business layer of an application
  • W3CThe main international standards organization for the World Wide Web
  • OWASPOpen Web Application Security Project
  • ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 Systems and software engineering. Recommended Practice for Architectural Description of Software-intensive Systems
  • ISO/IEC 25010:2011Systems and software engineering — Systems and software Quality Requirements and Evaluation (SQuaRE) — System and software quality models
  • ISO/IEC 25012:2008Software engineering — Software product Quality Requirements and Evaluation (SQuaRE) — Data quality model
  • ISO 9241-11:1998Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs) — Part 11: Guidance on usability
  • ISO 7498-2:1989Information processing systems — Open Systems Interconnection — Basic Reference Model — Part 2: Security Architecture
  • ISO/IEC 14756:1999Information technology -- Measurement and rating of performance of computer-based software systems
  • ISO 8000-130:2016Data quality — Part 130: Master data: Exchange of characteristic data: Accuracy
  • ISO 8000-140:2016Data quality — Part 140: Master data: Exchange of characteristic data: Completeness
  • ISO/IEC 27001Information security management
  • ISO/IEC 26514:2008 Systems and software engineering – Requirements for designers and developers of user documentation
  • ISO/IEC 9126-4:(2001)Software Engineering – Product Quality – Part 4: Quality in Use Metrics
  • ISO/IEC 25062:2006 Software engineering -- Software product Quality Requirements and Evaluation (SQuaRE) -- Common Industry Format (CIF) for usability test reports
  • ISO/IEC 25064:2013 Systems and software engineering -- Software product Quality Requirements and Evaluation (SQuaRE) -- Common Industry Format (CIF) for usability: User needs report

Knowledge Base

tetra perfectly works for everyone
TETRA perfectly works for Everyone

For Users.Is it good?

Can we use it safely?

For Clients. Does our product works as expected?

Should we rework it?

For Investors. Is the product beneficial?

Should we invest?

For Managers. Give me the numbers!!

Are we going up or down?

  • For Developers. Is my code “good”?
  • How can I improve it?
why use tetra to assess software products
Whyuse TETRA to assess software products?
  • Source code quality analysis is automated
  • Usability evaluated
  • Security empowered
  • Overall performance estimated
  • Business logic evaluated
  • Solution architecture assessed
  • Resistance to bad data enabled
  • Open-source software detected
main benefits of tetra
Main Benefits of TETRA
  • Technical debts payed before turning into pains
  • Elaboration and support costs reduced
  • Progress evaluation adjusted
  • Business efficiency predicted
  • Comprehensive quality analysis performed
  • Detailed product key features analysis held
  • Compliance check conducted
  • Improvement recommendations created
thank you

Thank You!

Intetics Inc.

10001 Tamiami Trl N, Suite 114

Naples, Florida 34108

United States



Office: +1-239-217-4907