What Are the Benefits of Estimating Using Vendor Models?

The latest Trusted Advisor report, written by DCG’s David Herron, analyzes vendor-developed estimating models.

The report considers:

  • The key components of an effective estimating model
  • The benefits of effective estimating
  • The challenges impacting effective estimating 
  • The pros and cons of vendor developed estimating model(s)

Members of Trusted Advisor can submit questions for DCG to research and report on. They also have the opportunity to vote each month on the question they are more interested in at that time. A new report is published on a monthly basis.

Those interested in joining should email Mike Harris for more information.

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What is Excellence in Software Development?

This month’s Trusted Advisor report answers the question, “What is Excellence in Software Development?”

To start, the report considers the definition of excellence in terms of development, with a focus on benchmarking. The report concludes that effective benchmarking allows us to better understand the success or failure associated with our development, so that we can appropriately adjust our actions.

Membership to Trusted Advisor is open to all IT professionals, who can then submit questions for DCG to research and report on. A new report is published on a monthly basis. More information is available here.

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Non-Functional Requirements

There is a standard way to size the functional components of software: Function Point Analysis. Function points, by their very name, focus on the delivered functionality of software - thus, they do not account for non-functional development.

However, most Certified Function Point Specialist have encountered projects with significant development requirements for non-functional work.

Thus, IFPUG developed SNAP, the Software Non-functional Assessment Process, which supplements the Funtion Point Analysis sizing methodology and provides a sizing technique for the non-functional component of software.

This month's Trusted Advisor report outlines the SNAP framework and discusses how it can be used for sizing non-functional requirements - and why it's best used in tandem with Function Point Analysis.

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What Should Every Client of Outsourced Software Know About Mitigating the Risk of Project Failure?

IT Governance is key for any effective IT program or team. It's important to define what decisions need to be made, who should make them and how they should be made. This process helps in reducing risks, setting priorities and increasing communication.

One of the biggest areas that business and IT providers need to exercise strong governance over is outsourcing. Managing vendor relationships and deliverables can be a difficult process, as most of us already well know. 

But, we've got you covered! This month's Trusted Advisor report reviews the most significant risks of outsourcing software development and offers up some mitigation strategies.

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Do Software Defect Backlogs Really Matter if the Software is Actively Being Used?

The latest Trusted Advisor report, from DCG’s research team, has been published! The members of Trusted Advisor submit questions to be researched, voting each month on their favorite. This month’s winner is, “Do Software Defect Backlogs Really Matter if the Software is Actively Being Used?”

Of course, this report assumes that a software defect backlog already exists within an organization. Ultimately, it comes to the conclusion that there is no way to know if a particular defect backlog matters without further analysis; thus, the report recommends an approach for conducting said analysis.

As a reminder, the second collection of Trusted Advisor research, “The DCG Trusted Advisor Anthology 2014 Edition,” is now available on Amazon. Let us know what you think!

 

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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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