Larry Putnam Sr.
Founder and President of QSM
As a pioneer and top problem solver in the software project estimation and measurement field, Larry founded Quantitative Software Management (QSM), Inc. and has been President since 1978. Larry broke new ground in software estimation and measurement by developing SLIM (Software Life-Cycle Management), a suite of measurement tools for software development. He has been refining and expanding its capabilities ever since. SLIM is widely used throughout the government and private industry in the United States and abroad. Larry has worked on software cost estimating projects for government agencies that include the Department of Defense, US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Labor, General Accounting Office, U.S. Postal Service, National Archives and Records Agency, FAA and NASA. He has also performed work for domestic and international clients, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin Co., IBM, British Telecom, Electronic Data Systems, and Motorola. Larry possesses a keen understanding of the needs of QSM’s military clients, having served more than 25 years as an Army Officer. He retired with the rank of Colonel. Larry is the first recipient of the Freiman award, the highest-level award given by the International Society of Parametric Analysts. He has published five books including, Five Core Metrics: The Intelligence Behind Successful Software Management, and has written numerous articles for various publications. Larry is sought internationally as a speaker and management consultant. For the past 30 years, he has been teaching public seminars in software cost estimation throughout the United States, Western Europe, Japan and Australia.