Leveraging QSM's industry database of over 13,000+ completed projects, Katie Costantini takes a high-level look at changes to software schedules, effort/cost, productivity, size, and reliability metrics from 1980 to 2019.
Like their software counterparts, IT infrastructure projects are more likely to be successful — more efficient, secure, and reliable — when accompanied by robust estimation and planning processes. In this article for ProjectManagement.com, Larry Putnam, Jr. and Joe Madden identify best practices for applying parametric estimation to IT infrastructure projects.
In this article for GCN, Doug Putnam takes a look at some of the common pitfalls that lead to project cost and schedule overruns and how parametric estimation can help government CIOs and their teams avoid these traps.
This article for Projects at Work explains how the most effective project portfolio planning brings IT managers and business leaders together to prioritize, scope and staff initiatives as a single team with common goals.
In the second article of QSM's Agile Round Table series, Andy Berner explains why setting goals for consumable value and estimating what it takes to reach those goals are both needed to guide the choices every organization needs to make about what to develop and how to allocate resources.
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.
Don Beckett identifies five fundamental “laws” of software development that executives (and teams) should follow for software project success.
This article for Projects at Work describes how an Estimation Center of Excellence leverages process, people and tools to accurately plan and estimate software projects.
This Project Times article explains how project tracking, reforecasting, and post project review help monitor the software development process and improve outcomes.