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QSM Releases 2014 Software Almanac

New Resource Provides Industry Leaders with Critical Information Regarding the State of Software Development 

MCLEAN, VA, November 12, 2014 – Quantitative Software Management, Inc. (QSM), a leader in software process improvement and systems development estimation, today released the 2014 version of its Software Almanac.  The Almanac provides industry leaders with a single resource for examining and analyzing demographics, core metrics, agile methodology, long term planning and trends in software development.  The QSM Software Almanac was last released in 2006.

Re-released due to a rise in demand from customers, the database content is derived from the QSM Metrics Database, drawing data from over 10,000 completed software projects from North and South America, Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia, representing over 740 million lines of code, 600+ development languages, and 105,833 person years of effort.

This year’s Almanac focuses extensively on agile methodology, an area that has generated increased interest since the 2006 release, with a specific focus on projects completed in the past five years.  It also includes an updated long-term trends analysis of the QSM Metrics Database and includes new tables for both function points and benchmarking.

“The Almanac provides QSM with an outlet for sharing our extensive software development data with our customers and the software development industry,” said Doug Putnam, Co-CEO at QSM.  “The new 2014 version provides a great resource for project managers, decision makers and executive management who can connect our data and research to trend information to see what’s actually happening with IT software projects across several industries.”  

The QSM Software Almanac: 2014 Research Edition is currently available for download at  

About Quantitative Software Management, Inc. (QSM)

Founded in 1978 by one of the pioneers of software measurement, Larry Putnam, Sr., QSM offers estimation products and consulting that enable federal and commercial clients to estimate, track and benchmark projects. QSM tools and methods help software and systems analysts negotiate achievable goals, set realistic expectations, and communicate more effectively with management and customers. QSM offers the SLIM (Software Lifecycle Management) Suite of tools, which contains metrics from a worldwide database of more than 10,000 completed projects, enabling productivity benchmarking on the desktop. Using SLIM to dynamically run 'virtual project simulations,' companies can model and forecast project releases to deliver on time, within budget with > 90% estimation accuracy. Visit us at,, and on Twitter @QSM_SLIM.