In this article originally published in SD Times, Doug Putnam outlines best practices for establishing an Estimation Center of Excellence.
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.
In this article, originally published on Projects at Work, Laura Zuber explores the benefits and best practices of collaborative estimates.
What actions can I take that will have an immediate and lasting positive impact on my development project(s)?
There are also some strategic (longer term) capital investments we can make and some process improvement policies we can adopt that will have a large impact on reducing cycle time, cutting costs, and increasing quality on future projects. The benefits of these actions can be quantified through the notion of process productivity.
This article discusses multiple applications based on only four measured metrics: size (function), effort, time, and defect rate. From these metrics, we can manage a project.
This article discusses the new issue of the fixed deadline and how managing expectations and using metrics can make fixed deadlines far less daunting.
This article discusses the drop in productivity and decline in reliability and how to fix these issues.
This article discusses how management vision, when paired with metrics, can lead to progress.
This article discusses how to alleviate the current software staff shortages.
“Information development must be spearheaded by a general, not coordinated by aides-de-camp.”
Peter G. W. Keen 1981 1