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Successful Software Deployment Strategies

On October 25, DCG Software Value will co-host the webinar “Successful Deployment Strategies – From Software Sizing to Productivity Measurement” with CAST. Presenters, Philippe Guerin from CAST and Mike Harris from DCG Software Value, will examine how effective quality benchmarking and productivity measurement translate into successful transformation initiatives that cost less and de-risk your IT organization.

Philippe Guerin & Mike Harris

As a senior consultant with a broad expertise in all phases of the SDLC, Philippe Guerin has significant experience leading both technology and organizational transformation initiatives in complex global environments, especially around productivity measurement and improvement programs.

Mike Harris, CEO of DCG, has more than 30 years of broad management experience in the IT field, including periods in R&D, development, production, business, and academia. He is an internationally recognized author and speaker on a range of topics related to the Value Visualization of IT and is considered a thought leader in the international software development industry.

Successful Deployment Strategies

Attendees will walk away from this webinar with broadened knowledge around successful deployment processes, including how portfolio visibility can help manage risk, complexity, and architectural quality.

Learn how to introduce proactive measurements to detect structural quality and risk and vendor / ADM team output before transformation, monitor key performance indicators during, and continue to optimize applications by establishing performance improvement and cost reduction goals.

Philippe and Mike will also address how to:

  • Monitor, track, and compare ADM teams’ utilization, delivery efficiency, throughput, and quality of outputs
  • Detect portfolio outliers, compare against competitors, identify improvement opportunities, and track the evolution of size, risk, complexity, and quality
  • Increase management's visibility of risk, quality, and throughput through enhanced Service Level Agreements 

Register Now 

IT leaders across all industries are invited to attend this 30-minute webinar exploring best practices in software sizing and measurement. Register now to join Philippe and Mike on October 25 at 11:00am EST.

Written by Default at 05:00
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5 Trends in Software Security

2015 brought a number of high-profile security breaches, putting company and consumer information at risk. Ashley Madison, VTech, even the Department of Health and Human Services had their data compromised.

It could have been avoided.

You've heard this before, but companies like DCG, and my company, proServices, will continue to bring it up until security is taken more seriously. The first step is staying aware of the latest security threats in order to appropriately ward them off. But, as one risk dies out, another will always take its place.

Risk Management

Download this white paper to learn the top 5 vulnerabilities of 2015 - and what's on the horizon for 2016.



Rob Cross
PSC, Vice President

Written by Rob Cross at 05:00

Why Your Project May Be Riskier Than You Think!

My thanks to Colm Baldwin of the Innovation Value Institute for his blog post bringing my attention to the September 2011 Harvard Business Review article by Professors Flyvbjerg and Budzier on the above topic. The key point they make is that while the average overrun of IT project costs in their study was 27 percent, one in six of the projects were "black swans," with cost overruns averaging 200 percent! As Colm highlights, some of the recommendations from the article to the reduce the chances of being a "one in six" are:

  • Using new forecasting techniques, such as reference class forecasting, to test your cost and schedule estimates and really find out what you are possibly getting into!
  • Breaking the project down into limited-sized chunks (using size, complexity and duration as a guide).
  • Making proper, tested and workable contingency plans to deal with risks.
  • Resisting change to the original scope and sticking to a single target.

The 2nd and 4th points here help to make the case for an Agile SCRUM-based approach.

What are your thoughts?  

Mike Harris
DCG President

Written by Michael D. Harris at 10:06
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