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SQTM Conference

If you missed out on this year's Software Quality and Test Management conference, then you missed a great time! We really enjoyed it - there were some fantastic presentations and the crowd of attendees was full of knowledgeable and interesting people from across the industry.

But, we'll stop talking about what a great time it was. Whether you were in attendance or not, we're sharing both of Tom Cagley's presentations from the conference.

"Identifying Software Quality Best Practices" and "The Impact of Cognitive Biases on Test and Project Teams" are both available for download here.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below or reach out directly to Tom!

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The Software Quality and Test Management Conference

We're headed back to the Software Quality and Test Management (SQTM) Conference! This year we'll be taking up residence in San Diego from September 13-18, and, as always, we're looking forward it.

SQTM is the only conference that focuses on how best practices in test management and software quality can increase productivity and and user satisfaction, and we'll be there sharing our own strategies and tactics for how to achieve this.

Tom Cagley, Vice President of Consulting, will give two presentations.

“The Impact of Cognitive Biases on Test and Project Teams” will discuss how our biases affect how we interact with others, thereby affecting the work we produce. Tom will discuss how teams can deal with this issue and how an understanding of these biases can make an Agile team more efficient and effective.

He will also present "Identifying Software Quality Best Practices." This presentation will explain how a team can pinpoint its own best practices in development and then how to leverage those for success.

Both presentations will be available for download following the conference, so be sure to check back here for the links!

We're looking forward to a great conference, and we can't wait to share our takeaways with you.



 

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A SMAC in the Face for Enterprise Software Development

UNICOM

Earlier this month we attended UNICOM's series of co-located conferences, including the DevOps Summit, Next Generation Testing, Digital Transformation and Programme & Project Management.

The event was great! UNICOM's events are always well-organized and thoughtfully planned. We enjoyed the diverse presentations and connecting with others in the industry at our booth in the exhibition hall.

In addition to the DCG-SMS booth at the event, Mike Harris, CEO & President of David Consulting Group, also presented. "A SMAC in the Face for Enterprise Software Development" discussed how social media, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) affect software development. Mike focused on how organizations should prepare for these changes, particularly in terms of improving the flow of business value.

You can download his presentation here.

We hope to see everyone at UNICOM's Process Improvement Conference in November - we'll be there!

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Join DCG-SMS at the Digital Transformation Conference

UNICOM

On June 25th, DCG-SMS is headed to the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London for UNICOM's series of co-located conferences. The schedule includes: The DevOps Summit, Next Generation Testing, Digital Transformation and Programme & Project Management.

All four conference tracks are open to all attendees, so there will definitely be something for everyone there! We're looking forward to the mix of presentations, panels and discussions. If you want to find us at the conference, the first place to look will be the exhibition hall, where we'll have a booth.

Mike Harris will also be presenting as part of the Digital Transformation track. His presentation, "A SMAC in the Face for Enterprise Software Development," will discuss how organizations need to prepare for the changes that organizations are facing due to social media, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC). He will offer some ideas for how organizations should prepare for these changes, particularly in terms of improving the flow of business value.

We hope to see you at the event! We also would encourage you to stay in touch with UNICOM (they run conferences all year) via their social media accounts, if you're interested in more information:

  • Twitter: @UNICOMSeminars
  • LinkedIn: UNICOM Seminars
  • Blog: Blog.unicom.co.uk
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ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop

Last week DCG's Tom Cagley, VP of Consulting, and David Lambert, Software Sizing and Estimation Specialist, attended the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association's (ICEAA) annual Professional Development and Training Workshop in San Diego.

It was a great event, bringing together professionals from government, industry and academic cost communities to discuss one of our favorite topics here at DCG: Estimation.

The event program featured speakers, training and an exhibition hall, with the goal of furthering attendees' understanding and appreciation of using data-driven estimating and analysis techniques.

Tom and David both presented at the event - and both presentations are available for download:

  • Agile Estimation Using Functional Metrics: Learn how combining the discipline of functional metrics with the collaborative approaches found in Agile parametric estimation has proved to be an effective way to estimate in an Agile environment.
  • Put Some SNAP in Your Estimating Model: Learn how the sizing framework, the Software Non-Functional Assessment Process (SNAP), can be used to size non-functional software requirements, providing a more complete and accurate assessment of the size of a project.

Download the presentations here and contact Tom or David for more information or with any questions. More information about DCG's Estimation Solutions and Consulting Services are available here and here.

We enjoyed the conference (and were happy to see such an interest in estimation), and we hope to attend again in the future!

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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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