QSM Resources

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QSM Resources

QSM is pleased to make the following resources available to the public and to our clients.

Executive Briefings

The 2016 Software Almanac provides industry leaders with a single resource for examining the history of software estimation and explores how estimation principles remain relevant despite significant changes in software development methodologies.

Understanding Software Estimation, Negotiation, and Enterprise Demand Management: An Executive Primer was released due to a demand for software estimation resources from customers and the industry and provides analysis of historical software projects to provide industry insights.


See our Articles page to learn more about the SLIM methodology, process improvement, software trends, or the latest research from our database of 10,000 projects.


QSM hosts regular webinars featuring new products, services, and hot topics in the industry. Replays of past webinars can be viewed here.


Check out the Books page for information on QSM's publications, like Five Core Metrics: The Intelligence Behind Successful Software Management, as well as other books by Lawrence H. Putnam and Ware Myers.

Function Point Table

The QSM Function Point Languages Table has been updated to version 5.0. It provides SLOC/FP language gearing factors.

Performance Benchmark Tables

The Performance Benchmark Tables provide summary performance data (schedule, effort, staff, and SLOC/PM) for typical projects from QSM’s Business, Engineering, and Real Time software databases.  This information provides a high level, quick reference for benchmarking both completed projects and software estimates.

Code Counters

Check out the Code Counters page, with links to code counters for Java, VB, HTML, C++, Oracle PL/SQL, and many other programming languages.

Software Sizing Infographic

The Software Size Matters infographic is a visual guide to software size - arguably the most important of the five core metrics of software estimation. 

Support Page

The Support Page provides one-stop shopping for all support options provided with your QSM tools license. Contact a support rep, register for access to clients-only areas, request new features or send us feedback, or register your products. The support page also provides hours of operation and contact information.


The Downloads Page is the place to download product upgrades, training files, the latest trend line updates, and other useful files.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Get answers, how-to's, or submit a new question on our searchable FAQ's page.