QSM Announces SLIM Software Project Estimation Certification Program

MCLEAN, VA, NOV. 8, 2011 - QSM, Inc., a leader in systems development and software estimation, today announced the SLIM Estimation Certification Program is now available to current and new clients. QSM has unveiled this program to ensure the technical excellence and increase business value of an organization’s SLIM software estimation program.

Quantitative Software Management, Inc. (QSM), an industry-leading innovator in software cost estimation since 1978, offers estimation products and consulting that enable clients to estimate, track and benchmark projects with confidence. QSM tools and methods also help software and systems developers negotiate achievable goals, set realistic expectations, and communicate more effectively with management and customers.

QSM added this certification to their service line to help clients ensure the technical competence of their SLIM tool users and the effective application of SLIM within their organization. Comprised of four parts, the certification test requires that the user demonstrate a clear understanding of the fundamental theory underlying the SLIM Estimation Methodology, show proficiency in operating the SLIM tool, apply SLIM in a hypothetical scenario, and discuss a real project where the user leveraged SLIM to provide tangible value in the decision making process within the user’s organization.

“We want to ensure our customers are maximizing their efforts and return on investment with our software project estimation tools,” said QSM Vice President Keith Ciocco. “If our customers are saving time and money by using our tools more effectively, we did a just service.”

The SLIM Estimation Certification is available online and can be taken at any time. Additional information and qualification requirements can be found on the QSM website at SLIM Estimation Certification.

About Quantitative Software Management, Inc. (QSM)

Founded in 1978 by one of the pioneers of software estimation, Larry Putnam, Sr., QSM, Inc. helps organizations measure, plan, estimate, and control software projects. It offers the SLIM (Software Lifecycle Management) Suite of tools, so managers can benchmark and forecast Agile, infrastructure, offshore/multi-shore, or ERP/package implementation projects. SLIM contains metrics from a worldwide database of more than 10,000 completed projects, enabling productivity benchmarking on the desktop. Using SLIM to dynamically run 'virtual project simulations," companies can model and forecast project releases to deliver on time, within budget with > 90% estimation accuracy. SLIM can also derive ROI achieved by Agile methods and other process improvements. QSM offers software process improvement consulting and training to help accelerate this capability. Information is available at www.qsm.com. QSM can also be reached by calling (800) 424-6755 or emailing info(at)qsm(dot)com.