QSM Resources

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Articles and Whitepapers

In the interest of supporting the software development industry, the following resources are available free of charge.

Familiar Metric Management: Management Vision Precedes Metrics

By Larry Putnam Sr. ( December 1969 )

This article discusses how management vision, when paired with metrics, can lead to progress.

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Familiar Metric Management

By Larry Putnam Sr. ( December 1969 )

This article discusses the minimum amount of control needed to maintain the process.

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Familiar Metric Management +

By Larry Putnam Sr. ( December 1969 )

This article discusses how you can make better estimates with process productivity and therefore, monitor progress and better justify investment.

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Familiar Metric Management: Reliability

By Larry Putnam Sr. ( December 1969 )

This article discusses how defects follow a Rayleigh pattern, the same as effort, cost, and code constructed. This curve can be projected before the main build begins.

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Familiar Metric Management: Size

By Larry Putnam Sr. ( December 1969 )

This article discusses how well constituted estimating teams can deprive the "wide unknowns" of their power over software development.

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Familiar Metric Management: Time Boxing

By Larry Putnam Sr. ( December 1969 )

This article discusses time-boxing and how the size of the project and your present process productivity set limits on the development time.

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