Independent Estimate

QSM helps illuminate the true feasibility of your project.

A reality check that could save your career.

Designed For: Directors and delivery managers responsible for application development projects.

Are you tired of finding yourself committed to unrealistic schedules? Are you struggling to adapt to changing project requirements mid-stream? Do you frequently end up on the losing side of your negotiations with business stakeholders?

QSM is here to help by providing an independent, quantitative assessment of your project.

Based entirely on real, historical data, our single- or multi-release estimates can quickly determine the technical feasibility, schedule and cost realism, and product reliability of any proposal.

Best of all, we’ll explore and present practical alternatives that can get you to market sooner, lower your costs, and place you in the negotiation driver’s seat.

Independent Estimate Process


Solution Design

We'll identify the right technologies, system components, and development tools, and then develop a robust, flexible modeling strategy that supports your decision-making.


Data Collection

We'll work with your project managers to gather requirements and scope information, develop productivity assumptions, and identify programmatic constraints on cost, schedule and reliability.


Alternative Analysis

We'll build our scenarios to include schedule release plans, staffing and skills resource plans, cash flow and cumulative cost plans, and the probability profiles for achieving your goals. We’ll also build multiple scenarios—for bigger cost savings and faster speed to market.

Independent Estimate Benefits

Establish realistic cost and schedule expectations early

Both developers and business stakeholders will have a realistic appreciation of the requirements—leading to a better understanding of feasibility.

Identify the "best value development approach"

We'll help find the development scenario that provides the best value from a cost, schedule and risk perspective. This will help you save money and get to market as quickly as possible.

Negotiate from a position of strength

Our objective analyses—supported with historic data—will put you in a position to negotiate win-win project outcomes with business stakeholders.

Quickly assess practical alternatives

It doesn't have to take days or weeks of effort to generate alternative plans. We'll do it in hours—giving decision makers practical alternatives that result in better project plans.

Return on Investment

Learn More About QSM Consulting

We offer a variety of industrial-strength solutions to meet all needs and budget requirements, including complete solutions, “lite” versions, and incremental build-outs.

We typically recommend a staged implementation, as it enables a client to realize significant value while getting to know our process. We also suggest working with us on a single project, to start. You’ll get a good feel for QSM consulting, its benefits, and its suitability for your organization.

Please contact our solution design consultants at 800 424-6755 to discuss your individual needs and constraints. We’ll draft a statement of work, and then work with your procurement team to get a master service agreement in place. Once a purchase order has been issued, we’ll start to execute the project.