A recent initiative put forth by the DoD was to improve its estimation process by leveraging historical data collected from forensic analyses of recently completed software development efforts. This article by Taylor Putnam-Majarian and John Staiger, discusses (1) some of the challenges faced throughout this initiative, (2) the data collection process, and (3) how one can leverage data to improve cost estimates. This article was originally published in Crosstalk Magazine.
In this article for IFPUG's Metric Views, Carol Dekkers and Joe Madden suggest a new way to repurpose function points to achieve software project estimating successes today.
Don Beckett explains how to use software project metrics to determine present capabilities, assess whether plans are feasible, and explore trade-offs.
Don Beckett outlines four important actions that executives, PMO directors and program leaders can take to improve the predictability and success rate of their software development and enhancement projects.
In this article for GCN, QSM's Joe Madden explains how the five core metrics of software estimation make a powerful tool that can be used at each phase of the software acquisition life cycle to help government IT program managers make more objective, quantitative decisions.
Fred Brooks’ observation that nine women can’t make a baby in one month is perhaps the earliest and best known analogy between software development and parenting, and it’s an apt one. An effective software measurement program — like good parenting — requires careful planning, regular monitoring, and a significant long-term investment of time and energy.
This article, originally published in Projects at Work, identifies three ways to maximize estimating efforts — before, during and after your project is complete.
In this article, originally published on Projects at Work, Laura Zuber explores the benefits and best practices of collaborative estimates.
This article discusses how the relationship among the five principal metrics of the software process can often be expresses through a Rayleigh curve.