New Release of Report – Project Planning (for different project phases)

The 2017 version of the Project Planning (Phase Ratios) report has just been released.

Would you like to benchmark the effort allocated to the phases of your project?  This report provides a valuable insight into the effort ratios spent on each project phase, using projects from the ISBSG Repository.

Both Enhancement projects and New Development projects are discussed. Statistics for Agile projects are also included in this report.

 

 

 

Free Agile Report Offer

ISBSG is pleased to offer you a copy of our short report –  How to Estimate the Required Team Size of Agile Teams. Read more about this offer now.

ISBSG and LEDAmc at the Madrid, Spain at the expo:QA’17

 

ISBSG and LEDAmc Presented

In Madrid, Spain at the 

The expo:QA’17 conference took place mid June in Madrid, Spain with more than 400 participants (from more than 200 different companies)  that come from 22 different countries.

The conference program was like a big candy store with everything that you could dream off about testing. With more than 40 presentations, Masterclasses and workshops with presenters from both Spain and international as well as a big exhibition area – the expo:QA’17 was a big event.

LEDAmc – a Gold partner of ISBSG – was sponsor at the conference and was well represented both in the exhibition area and as a presenter at the conference.

Christine Green –ISBSG Board member was invited by LEDAmc to promote and share the ISBSG purpose and products.

Ignacio Lopez – the Director of the Risk Governance Area at LEDAmc did an excellent presentation with the title

Comparisons Are Not Negative 

“Comparisons are not always negative” is a direct reference to the fact that it is very productive to use benchmark industry data to compare Functional Quality. As Ignacio states in the presentation abstract:

“In a world as global as the one we live in, it is necessary to know our position in the market.  Some comparisons are negative but others are necessary.  The important thing is to have a clear objective.”

LEDAmc’s presentation differ from other presentations at the EXPO:QA due to the fact that it focused on the performance and estimating of the testing as a service or separate project using benchmark data.

At the EXPO:QA exhibition LEDAmc booth the promotion and communication about both ISBSG and LEDAmc’s usage of benchmark data continued. A lot of participants at the conference went by the LEDAmc both to both hear more.

See more about LEDAmc’s presentation and download a version of it from: http://www.expoqa.com/downloads/expoqa17_ignacio_lopez.pdf

Mexican Association of Software Metrics (AMMS) Joins ISBSG as a Gold Partner

ISBSG Welcomes the  Mexican Association of Software Metrics (AMMS) as a Gold Partner.

The mission of the Mexican Association of Software Metrics (AMMS) (www.amms.org.mx) is:

          To assist IT professionals within the software development industry in Mexico. This is achieved by providing services for the promotion, collection, reference, and dissemination of software-related metrics.  This is carried out in areas that are useful to professionals involved in the Software Development.

 

The AMMS has achieved the following:

  • April 2015:  The Mexican Association of Software Metrics (AMMS) is created.
  • September 2015:  The 1st National Congress of Software Measurement and Estimating (CNMES15) takes place.
  • 2016:  The 1st Baseline Study about Productivity and Cost of the Mexican Software Development Industry is developed.
  • May 2017:  The 2nd National Congress of Measurement and Software Estimating (CNMES17) takes place.
  • 2017:  The results of the 1st Baseline Study about Productivity and Cost of the Mexican Software Development Industry, are presented at the CNMES17.

 

May 2017 Newsleter

New Release of Data Repository

This week the International Software Benchmarking Standards Group (ISBSG) announces the new release of the Development & Enhancements data repository: 2017R1. Over 500 projects have been added and the number of new development projects, releases and series of sprints is now over 8000. The data can be used for software project estimation, reality checks of proposals, project control, scope management, (supplier) performance measurement, benchmarking and research.

Nowadays, many organizations move from a traditional software development method to Agile and DevOps team approaches. Although these modern ways of software development are designed to deliver working software of the highest priority as fast as possible to the user, organizations using these methods often lack grip on their software development budgets.

Story point metrics work fine on the team level but are not useful for management as story points is not a defined standard and the number of points strongly differs per team. Thus, management often doesn’t know how many people should be in the teams. In addition, it’s very hard to predict at any time, what functionality should be available and at what level of quality.

The ISBSG data of completed projects, releases, and sprints, help organizations to regain their grip on application development, no matter which method used.

ISBSG data helps you to make better decisions, based on objective data instead of subjective opinions.

The 2017R1 repository can be purchased stand-alone or as part of a corporate subscription. Corporate subscribers get this release and regular updates for free a part of the value of the subscription.  Other benefits of being a corporate subscriber include unlimited access to all ISBSG Special Analysis reports, a 12 month subscription to the new ISBSG Productivity Data Query tool and 10% discount on all ISBSG products and services.

Call for presentations for IT Confidence Conference

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 is available.

Submission of abstracts closes May 31, 2017

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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