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.

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


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: 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:


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:
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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:

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:


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

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


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Being a corporate subscriber gives your organisation access to all the most current data, reports and tools.

An additional benefit for corporate subscribers is the right to obtain a free report every year that is exclusively created for corporate subscribers. Even better, corporate subscribers can forward their own ideas regarding the analysis topic. If chosen, the corporate subscriber is allowed to work on the special analysis report together with ISBSG analysts. So, if you are a corporate subscriber, please let us know your ideas for the next exclusive Special Analysis Report at