The IT software industry is often the subject of damning media reports, with continual tales of software development projects that have been abandoned at great cost, or are orders of magnitude over budget and/or duration. As the decades roll by the disasters continue. Or do they?
Have we learnt anything over fifty years of commercial software development? Is the IT industry performing better now than it was 20 years ago?
The SIP report is based on research performed by the ISBSG using data submitted to its Development and Enhancement repository of close to 6,000 software projects. The report includes analysis of the following:
- Productivity over Time
- Defects Rates over Time
- Speed of Delivery over Time
- Accuracy of Estimates of Project Efforts
- Accuracy of Estimates of Project Duration
- Accuracy of Estimates of Software Size
- Project Work Type over Time
- Programming Languages
- Use of Methodologies
“The Software Industry Performance (SIP) report is an excellent study with valuable and thought-provoking results”, says Capers Jones, Chief Scientist Emeritus of Software Productivity Research (SPR). “I will certainly recommend the SIP report to my clients and colleagues”.