Doug Putnam

Doug Putnam


As Co-CEO for QSM, Doug has 33 years of experience in the software measurement field and is considered a pioneer in the development of this industry. Doug has been instrumental in directing the development of the SLIM Suite of software estimation and measurement tools, and he has trained more than 1,000 software professionals in the use of the SLIM Suite. Doug’s responsibilities at QSM include managing the delivery of QSM software measurement services, defining requirements for the SLIM Product Suite, and overseeing the research activities derived from the QSM project history repository. He has performed work for clients that include the New York Stock Exchange, Honeywell, General Motors, and Bank of America. Doug is also a sought-after international author and speaker. He has published numerous articles and white papers and delivered more than 100 speeches on software estimation and enterprise demand management.

Doug Putnam's Recent Blog Posts

How Machine Learning Algorithms Can Dramatically Improve your Estimation Predictions

Bringing Transparency into Project Contingency Buffers for Schedule and Cost

Using Business Analytics to Set Realistic Customer Expectations

Getting Staffing Right is the Key to Software Development Nirvana

The 2017 Software Almanac: Development Research Series

Assessing Project Portfolio Risk in IT Budgeting

The 2016 Software Almanac: A Look Back at 35 Years of Predictive Analytics for Business Intelligence

The 2014 QSM Software Almanac: Seven Insights that Matter

Announcing the QSM Software Almanac: 2014 Research Edition

Doug Putnam's Recent Articles

Good Planning – Not Development Methodology – Is the Key to Successful Software Project Delivery

How to Avoid the 3 Top IT Project Risks

How Everyone Can Plan for 2017

Take the Risk Out of IT Budgeting

QSM Annual IT Budgeting Solution

Win New Business with an Agile Bidding Solution Based on SLIM

How a Center of Excellence Can Help Teams Develop Excellent Software

Full-Circle Estimating

Failing with the Best Intentions

Team Size Can Be the Key to a Successful Project