The DCG Trusted Advisor Anthology 2014 Edition

DCG Trusted Advisory AnthologyWe’re excited to share that “The DCG Trusted Advisor Anthology 2014 Edition” is now available on Amazon! Currently only the e-book is available for purchase; a print edition will be available later this year.

The 2013 anthology proved to be quite popular! A number of people reported using the anthology as a reference to quickly address some of their IT issues or in developing their strategy for the future. We hope that the 2014 anthology is just as useful!

The 2014 anthology contains 12 research reports, written by the DCG Consulting Team. Sample reports in the collection include:

  • Is There a Business Case for Better Estimation?
  • Can Agile Be Used to Rescue a Troubled Project?
  • How Much of a Problem is Technical Debt and What Should We Do About it?

All of the reports were published in 2013 via the DCG Trusted Advisor service. Trusted Advisor is a members-only forum, open to all IT professionals, that addresses the complex concerns IT professionals face, providing easy-to-understand research that guides decision-making and offers a competitive advantage. Members can submit IT-related questions to a list. Each month, members can vote on the question from the list that they want to have researched. The question with the most votes is then researched by the DCG team, resulting in a 2-5 page research report. The reports are published on the DCG website each month – for anyone to read – but only members can submit and vote on the research questions.

More information about Trusted Advisor is available on the here. 

If you purchase the anthology, let us know what you think! We’d love to hear any feedback that you have!

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Are Estimates Based on Historical Data or Subject Matter Experts Better?

This month’s Trusted Advisor report, written by Tom Cagley, Vice President of Consulting, addresses a popular question regarding estimation: Are Estimates Based on Historical Data or Subject Matter Experts Better?

There are a number of different estimation techniques, from model-based to composite to learning-oriented. However, only expertise-based methods are not based on a model or mathematical network generated from collections of historical data.  Expertise-based estimation is, by far, the most popular form of estimation in use today.

This report examines the question at hand, to see if the popular choice (expertise-based estimation) is the “better” choice. Ultimately, we conclude that estimates generated from models leveraging historical data in calibrated tools are the only logical choice. Read the full report to see how we reached this conclusion.

Read the Report.

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How Can I Manage a Project’s Productivity?

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This month’s Trusted Advisor report answers the question, “How can I manage a project’s productivity – should I even try?” Assuming all other variables remain the same, increased productivity reduces overall costs, saving companies potentially large sums of money. Thus, it’s understandable that increased productivity would be a priority for an organization.

This report provides guidance as to how a company can better manage and improve its software productivity. In doing so, we examine productivity primarily through a project management perspective. That said, we consider the strategic or top-down perspective and the tactical or bottom-up perspective separately.

To find out more, read the Trusted Advisor report, “How Can I Manage a Project’s Productivity or Should I Even Try?”

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What is More Important: Software Quality or Productivity?

What is more important: software quality or software productivity? Is there a right answer? We think so! Read this month's Trusted Advisor report to hear what we have to say.

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Our report examines both elements from a developer's perspective, customer's perspective and owner's perspective in order to reach a conclusion.

After you've read it, come back and leave a comment on this post to let us know if you agree or disagree - we'd love to hear your thoughts!

Read it now: What is More Important: Software Quality or Productivity.

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Free Access to Trusted Advisor Reports

Are you familiar with Trusted Advisor, our members-only forum that addresses the complex concerns Application Development and Maintenance (ADM) professionals face in the industry?

Here’s how Trusted Advisor works:

  • At any time, members can submit an ADM-related question to the backlog, which is accessible to all members.
  • Each month, members can vote on the question that they most want to have researched.
  • At the end of each month, DCG’s research team produces a written report addressing the question with the most votes.

Some of the questions addressed in the reports include:

  • Can Agile Be Used to Rescue a Troubled Project?
  • Why is it So Difficult for Organizations to Get an Accurate Estimate?
  • What Are Agile Best Practices and What Does the Future Hold?

Previously, these reports were only accessible to members of Trusted Advisor; however, we’ve decided to open up access to anyone and everyone! These reports address popular industry topics, and thus the research may be useful to a wider audience outside of just the members of Trusted Advisor.

Of course, only members have the ability to submit and vote on the questions to be researched. So, if you are interested in taking part in that process, please join and take part – it’s free!

If you’re interested in accessing the reports, they are now located in the Publications section of our website. We hope you find them useful, and if you do, let us know!


Sarah Weddle
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