Donald Beckett

Donald Beckett

Donald BeckettDon Beckett has been active in software as a developer, manager, trainer, researcher, analyst, and consultant for 30 years.  Since 1995, the focus of his work has been software measurement, analysis, and estimation; first with EDS (now HP) and, since 2004, with QSM.  He has worked for many years with parametric models and tools to estimate and create forecasts to completion for software projects, and has created estimates for over 2,000 projects.  In recent years, Don has worked extensively for the Department of Defense to evaluate requests for proposals and monitor the progress of large ERP implementations.  More recently, he has studied the productivity and quality of software projects that follow the Agile methodology.

Donald Beckett's Recent Blog Posts

Practical Software Estimation Tips for Communicating with Business Leaders

Circa 2021, What Does a “Typical” Software Project Look Like?

Simplified Function Point Analysis (SiFP)

Value vs. Cost in Software Sizing and Estimation

How Does Agile Quality Compare?

Monitoring Software Project Progress by Money Spent Can Be Misleading

The Balancing Point between Project Cost and Schedule

Are Your Software Projects Too Small?

Estimating Program Increment Capacity in Scaled Agile (SAFe)

Software Project Size and Road Construction

Donald Beckett's Recent Articles

The Problems with Software Development as Seen by Professional Estimators

Using Software Project Metrics

A Lead Role in Software Success

Obey the (Software) Project Laws

Set the Stage for Success

An Analysis of Function Point Trends