March 2017 Newsletter

The Joint 13th CSI/IFPUG International Software Measurement & Analysis (ISMA13) Conference

Mumbai March 6, 2017

John Ogilvie, ISBSG CEO, presented at the conference on “Using functional sizing to improve business success” and conducted a workshop on “Effective Applications Development Benchmarking”.

 

Using IFPUG Functional Sizing and Historical Data to Improve Business Success

The presentation demonstrates the business value of sizing using IFPUG Function Points using 3 examples

  • “Reality Check” of Project Estimates
  • Assessing Organizational Competitiveness
  • Supplier Assessment in the Request for Fixed Price Proposal process

Click here to view the presentation

 

Applications Development Benchmarking

Benchmarking the Applications Development, Maintenance and Support (AD/M)  Environment can potentially provide significant insights into the performance of  IT processes and identify how and where they can be most effectively improved.  However, many organisations initiate a Benchmarking Activity, without first fully determining the objective of the benchmark, the benefits they hope to achieve, or establishing the criteria by which projects and applications will be selected and compared.

This Workshop explores the reasons why organisations choose to benchmark.  It identifies the potential benefits of benchmarking, and highlights the pitfalls of failing to appropriately plan the benchmarking activity or introduce rigor into the benchmarking process to ensure its success.

Click here to view the workshop materials.

 

ISBSG and China SPI start a data collection and analysis partnership

ISBSG and China SPI intend to support each other in data collection and analysis. China SPI is now the official data and analysis partner of ISBSG in the greater China.

Both parties will support each other in data collection initiatives, data analysis and the publishing of new analysis reports. China SPI will also translate the current special analysis reports of ISBSG into the Chinese language.

ISBSG is confident that this partnership will result in a significant increase in available data in the existing repositories and in special analysis reports.

 

ISBSG starts collecting data with online questionnaires

ISBSG is facilitating its collection of data. This is assist people who want to submit data, but don’t wish to go through the lengthy data collection questionnaires on paper. Short versions of the questionnaires are now available online! If you have some project data, please submit and get a free benchmark report in return!

Review the New Developments or Enhancements survey.

Review the Maintenance & Support survey.

Data can also be submitted in tool formats, such as QSM SLIM datamanager, SEER_SEM database and even plain Excel files.

Check for more ways to submit project data, for instance for bulk submissions.

 

New repositories?!?!

ISBSG is currently investigating the creation of additional data collection questionnaires and repositories to better service the needs of the industry. We are planning to start a ‘technical metrics’ repository, where technical metrics of source code, measured with tools like Sonarqube, CAST, SIG, Omnext and others are stored in a standardized way, together with the main application characteristics. This will enable people to benchmark the results of software source code quality measurement against the industry.

If you have a good idea for other new repositories, please let us know through frontoffice@isbsg.org

 

Software project cost and hourly rates

Project costs can be analyzed from two perspectives: cost per function point, and cost per hour. This report analyzes the projects in the ISBSG Development and Enhancement Repository (March 2016 Release) that provide cost data, from both of those perspectives. For this report, we have focused on 732 projects in the Repository, for which the size, effort and cost data are comparable and reliable. Purchase the Software Project Costs and Hourly Rates report now.

China SPI hosts the 2017 IT Confidence Conference and ISBSG workshop

The 2017 IT Confidence and ISBSG workshop will be hosted by Gold partner China Software Process Improvement (China SPI) in September in Beijing. ISBSG is looking forward to return to China 9 years after the successful event in Nanjing (2008). The Call for Presentations and the IT Confidence 2017 website with all information regarding the event will be published soon.

Cosmic Joins ISBSG as a Bronze Partner

We are pleased to announce that the COSMIC organization joined the ISBSG as a Bronze Partner.

COSMIC is the organization that created and maintains the COSMIC functional size measurement method.  COSMIC is one of the six functional size measurement methods that comply to the ISO/IEC 14143 standard for functional size measurement.

Currently the ISBSG ‘Developments & Enhancements’ repository contains about 500 projects measured in the COSMIC method and we are confident that the partnership will result in a significant increase of this number.

ISBSG offers an online questionnaire for COSMIC project submissions

For more information about the COSMIC organization and the method, please visit the COSMIC website.

 

New Special Analysis Report: The impact of software size on productivity

In 2013, ISBSG, Capers Jones and Reifer Consultants analyzed the impact of software size on the productivity of a project. This revealed the factors that can provide economy of scale. Now ISBSG has published a follow-up report that analyzes the impact of software size on productivity based on 1139 competed projects. It turns out that there is a clear statistical correlation between project size and productivity.  This is is extremely helpful for project, release and (sets of) sprints estimation or benchmarking.

This analysis report can now be purchased against a discounted price of only 29 AUD.
To purchase the report click here

China SPI hosts the 2017 IT Confidence Conference and ISBSG workshop

The 2017 IT Confidence and ISBSG workshop will be hosted by Gold partner China Software Process Improvement (China SPI) in September in Beijing. ISBSG is looking forward to return to China 9 years after the successful event in Nanjing (2008).

Go to the IT Confidence Conference 2017 web page for more information on the event.

Cosmic Joins ISBSG as a Bronze Partner

We are pleased to announce that the COSMIC organization joined the ISBSG as a Bronze Partner.

COSMIC is the organization that created and maintains the COSMIC functional size measurement method.  COSMIC is one of the six functional size measurement methods that comply to the ISO/IEC 14143 standard for functional size measurement.

Currently the ISBSG ‘Developments & Enhancements’ repository contains about 500 projects measured in the COSMIC method and we are confident that the partnership will result in a significant increase of this number.

For more information about the COSMIC organization and the method, please visit: http://cosmic-sizing.org/organization

 

IT Confidence conference and ISBSG workshop 2016

Aligned with the ISBSG workshop, the annual IT Confidence conference was organized in a co-production with the Southern California chapter of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA: www.iceaaonline.com). In a full day conference, a lot of interesting thoughts on software cost estimation in combination with the use of parametric models and historical data were exchanged. The presentations can be downloaded here: http://isbsg.org/2016/09/12/2016-it-conference/

 

ISBSG starts collecting data with online questionnaires

ISBSG is facilitating people who want to submit data, but don’t wish to go through the lengthy data collection questionnaires on paper. Therefore, short versions of the questionnaires are now available online! If you have some project data, please submit and get a free benchmark report in return!

New Developments or Enhancements: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISBSG
Maintenance & Support: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISBSG_MS

IFPUG MetricViews magazine: Use Relevant Industry Data as a Valuable Outside View for Your Analysis

In the latest issue of the IFPUG MetricViews magazine, ISBSG president Harold van Heeringen explains how the use of ISBSG data together with IFPUG (or Nesma, COSMIC or FiSMA) function points can be really helpful to assess the reality value of estimates delivered by experts. As organizations are always struggling to collect actual data of completed projects, the ISBSG data can be used as a valuable outside view!

Check out the article on page 22 of the MetricViews magazine: http://www.ifpug.org/the-august-2016-edition-of-metricviews-is-now-available-on-line/

ISBSG voted in top 25 of most promising project management solution providers

The magazine APAC CIO Outlook has published the new list with the top 25 most promising project management solution providers. ISBSG is listed as one of these 25, as the magazine feels that ISBSG data can help many organizations in improving estimation and performance measurement processes. The publicly available data can really help organizations to make better informed decisions, reducing the risks that are usually implied in low maturity (‘expert’) project estimates and therefore saving huge amounts of money by avoiding the waste connected to failing projects. Find the digital version of this magazine here: http://bit.ly/2auH6zN

 

ISBSG and China Software Process Improvement Association (China SPI) start partnership

ISBSG is very proud to announce the partnership with China SPI. China SPI is a not-for-profit organization in Beijing (China) that provides an ecosystem for its members to improve IT and Software best practices in China. China SPI has over 2000 members in China and wishes to improve the maturity of the Chinese market when it comes to software project estimation and benchmarking practices using functional size measurement and ISBSG industry data. ISBSG and China SPI are going to work together to translate ISBSG materials and to collect data from the Chinese industry.

Release 2016 R1 of the ISBSG Development and Enhancement Repository is now available.

The International Software Benchmarking Standards Group is very proud to announce that it has now released 2016 R1 of its New Developments and Enhancements (D&E) repository, containing the project data of over 7.500 completed software realization projects.

A broad range of project types from many industries and many business areas are available for you to use for estimating, reality checks of proposals, awareness of trends, comparison of platforms and languages or benchmarking. Compared to the previous release a total number of 352 projects have been added.

This new repository is a true asset for anybody who is involved in software project estimation, procurement, benchmarking and reporting. You can purchase your copy of the D&E repository from

http://isbsg.org/isbsg-partners-enjoy-benefits/

ISBSG has recently established this new category of membership to enable Individual IT Professionals to join the Global Community of Software Measurement Practitioners. The annual subscription is $AU50 ($US39 at current exchange rates), and Membership provides the following:

  • A copy of the Reality Checker tool
  • A sample of 100 records from the ISBSG Data & Enhancement Repository
  • ISBSG Contact Information – Contact details for the ISBSG in your country
  • An invitation to join the ISBSG LinkedIn Group.
  • Registration to receive ISBSG Newsletters
  • One free Special Analysis Report.
  • A Membership Certificate
  • Invitation to submit articles to ISBSG Newsletters. Recognition on website and Certificate if articles are published.

Interested? Visit http://isbsg.org/isbsg-partners-enjoy-benefits/