Practical Software Estimation Measurement

QSM Presentation at Better Software West 2012

Paul Below will be presenting "Optimal Project Performance: Factors that Influence Project Duration" at the 2012 Better Software West Conference on Thursday, June 14 at 4:00 PM.

Speedy delivery is almost always a primary project goal or a significant project constraint. To shorten project duration without sacrificing quality or budget, you need to know where to focus the team’s efforts. Mining the QSM database containing many quantitative metrics and numerous qualitative attributes, Paul Bellow shares the factors that have the greatest influence on project duration. While he’s at it, Paul debunks a couple of myths. For example, many managers consider team skill to be important in determining duration of software projects—not so. The most important factors are certain types of tooling, architecture, testing efficiency, and management/leadership skills, which Paul explores in depth. Learn a technique for normalizing your projects for size by computing the standardized residual of duration. Leave with new facts and data on how to improve your development skills and practices to increase velocity and keep the quality your customers expect.

Paul Below serves as services consultant for Quantitative Software Management (QSM), where he provides clients with statistical analysis of operational performance, helping strengthen their competitive position through process improvement and predictability. Paul has more than twenty-five years of experience in measurement technology, statistical analysis, estimating and forecasting, Lean Six Sigma, and data mining. He has provided innovative engineering solutions, instruction, and mentoring internationally in support of multiple industries. A certified software quality analyst and a Six Sigma Black Belt, Paul has been a course developer, instructor, and conference speaker on estimating, Lean Six Sigma, metrics analysis and Function Point analysis.

Read Paul Below's posts on the QSM blog.

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