As software becomes an increasingly core part of everyday business operations, we believe it is essential to adopt a fact-based, outcome-oriented approach to the development and maintenance of software applications.
DCG-SMS has a 20-year track record of expertise in measuring and improving applications development and maintenance processes. Our Software Analytics solutions provide all the measurement support you need to gain insight into software performance and how to improve value delivered. Our Software Quality Management solutions optimize your software quality and vendor performance through the use of proven quality models and advanced code and testing practices that are tailored for your organization. Finally, our Software Governance solutions ensure you are always in control of software project outcomes and costs.
DCG-SMS works with clients and vendors to get best value out of outsourcing partnerships. We provide independent expertise in requirements management, software size measurement, estimating, process performance (including Agile methods) and organisational transformation.
We assist clients to achieve good governance, specialising in the processes that support outcome-based agreements. Our services provide both parties with insight into costs, benchmarking, progress against plans, changes in scope, risk and performance improvement.
DCG-SMS was created in 2012, when David Consulting Group acquired the assets of the SMS Exemplar Group. Both SMS and the David Consulting Group were founded in 1994, and take pride in the lasting client relationships we have built up as a result of our commitment to integrity.
Unlike other consulting firms that only tell you “what” to do, DCG-SMS shows you “how". We work with our clients to provide tailored solutions and services that deliver the desired business outcome quickly and effectively.
DCG-SMS believes it is important to actively participate in industry efforts to improve software productivity, quality and performance. For decades, many of the senior management and consultants of both DCG and SMS have taken leadership positions in industry bodies, such as COSMIC, UKSMA, ISO, ISBSGs, IFPUG, CISQ, IVI and the IEEE.. We have authored a substantial number of books and publications on software issues, including Function Point Analysis and IT metrics and benchmarking. DCG-SMS regularly participates in industry conferences and contributes to initiatives sponsored by organisations such as Intellect and the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT).
The late founding Director of SMS, Grant Rule, was a recognised industry thought-leader, bringing together great expertise in measurement practice with Lean Systems thinking and Agile practice. Grant’s legacy of papers and presentations is available from the Grant Rule Archive.