Donald Beckett

Donald Beckett

Donald BeckettDon Beckett has been active in software as a developer, manager, trainer, researcher, analyst, and consultant for 30 years.  Since 1995, the focus of his work has been software measurement, analysis, and estimation; first with EDS (now HP) and, since 2004, with QSM.  He has worked for many years with parametric models and tools to estimate and create forecasts to completion for software projects, and has created estimates for over 2,000 projects.  In recent years, Don has worked extensively for the Department of Defense to evaluate requests for proposals and monitor the progress of large ERP implementations.  More recently, he has studied the productivity and quality of software projects that follow the Agile methodology.

Donald Beckett's Recent Blog Posts

Software Project Size and Road Construction

Why Software Projects Confound Business Leaders

Is Better Software Productivity Always the Right Goal?

Modeling Uncertainty in Software Development Projects

The Problem of Measuring Software Productivity

How to Build Better Software

The Laws of Software Staffing

Schedule, the Eternal Enemy

Staff That Project!

Let's Get Serious About Productivity

Donald Beckett's Recent Articles

Using Software Project Metrics

A Lead Role in Software Success

Obey the (Software) Laws

Set the Stage for Success

An Analysis of Function Point Trends