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.
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.
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.