About DCG Software Value

We provide numerous materials about ourselves and how we can help our clients. But, sometimes it's best to hear it straight from the top.

This video, from our CEO Mike Harris, explains, in his own words, who DCG Software Value is and why we're in this business.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to Mike directly at m.harris@softwarevalue.com. Of course, if you're looking for more information about the company, you can download our Corporate Profile or check out the About page of our website.

 

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Michael D. Harris On DCG's 20th Anniversary

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This is the second post in a series that will offer our management team's reflections on DCG's 20th anniversary and the state of the software industry. The first post is located here.

DCG’s 20th anniversary is a cause for celebration and reflection, so I’d like to take an opportunity to reflect a little on the past 20 years. Naturally, being a metrics sort of person, as I think about the past 20 years, I look for yardsticks for comparison. It just happens that I have the perfect one – our youngest child has his 20th birthday this month! I have to say that while twenty years seems like a long time for a company to be in business, it seems like a very short time in the life of our young son.

Of course, I am a relative latecomer on the scene at DCG. David Garmus and David Herron founded the company in 1994 and ran it for the first 12 years. I owe a debt of gratitude to them because I am sure that launching a new business is a lot harder than keeping an existing one moving forward. Of course, I could argue in the context of my son’s life that I have had to deal the “teenage years” of DCG, but both son and company have been a pleasure these past few years. In both cases, I like to think it was because of the time and effort invested in the early years!

So, how is DCG’s world different from 20 years ago? For this, I’m going to use another convenient yardstick – my just-over-19-years of working in the U.S. When I first came to work here, it was on a five month project for MasterCard. I was Deputy Head of the Engineering Dept. at Nene College (now University of Northampton) in the U.K. at the time. The project was good for the college because it brought in much needed cash, and it was good for MasterCard (the project led to the development of credit/debit card standards for chip cards), and, we hoped it would be a good opportunity for the Harris family to see if a couple of years of living in the U.S. might be a practical, as well as exciting, adventure (it still is!). 

Of course, with a particular emphasis on software, 20 years ago I booked my flights and hotels for the trip by phone, not on the web. The family, including my (not-yet-one-year-old) son, stayed at home until the end of the school year, so my wife, our two older girls and I communicated via CompuServe on dial-up modems! Whether or not the internet existed when the Davids started DCG depends on your definition of “existed.”  From my perspective, we certainly were not thinking about using it on a day-to-day basis. Yet, five years later, after two years of working for MasterCard as a consultant and three years as an employee – one of my peers at MasterCard was “Head of ecommerce!" That five years was the first five years of DCG’s existence.

One of the things we notice at DCG is that many of the services we provide are valuable to our clients on an ongoing basis, but when there is something big going on in the industry (the introduction of the internet, the recession, the sequester, server virtualization, the cloud, etc.), it turns heads and attention (and money) from the “blocking and tackling” of improved project management, which is our clients' bread and butter. I can only imagine what it must have been like starting a metrics and process improvement business in the heady days of the dot com boom. Kudos and thanks to the Davids for making a go of it; I hope we carry on for another 20 years!


Mike Harris
DCG President

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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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DCG and QAI

David Consulting Group is pleased to announce that we’ve brought another partner organization on board, the QAI Global Institute.

QAI Global Institute

QAI is a global workforce development and consulting organization. QAI Global Institute focuses on training products and services to address competence development, assessments and professional IT certifications. QAI Global Services addresses Operational Excellence, which organizations achieve through deployment of best practices and processes in areas such as process management, quality management, innovation management, project management, and IT service management.

Just like DCG, QAI has a global reputation for helping its clients improve their software, and so we’ve naturally worked together on initiatives from time-to-time in the past. Recently, we decided that it would be in the best interest of both companies –and our clients – to put forth a more formal arrangement to allow us to jointly pursue opportunities where neither of us have the right or sufficient resources on our own.

As with all of our partner organizations, our relationship with QAI provides a more robust background of offerings for our clients and an unparalleled range of expertise.

If you’re interested in learning more, please leave a comment!

Mike Harris
DCG President

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The TMMi Framework

PatYou’re probably all familiar with the CMMI, a process improvement model that can be applied to a project, division or entire organization. Organizations using CMMI benefit from more predictable timelines, better use of resources and enhanced quality of services and products.

At DCG, we offer an ADM Optimization Solution that utilizes CMMI, as well as an Introduction to CMMI training course.

However, the model doesn’t give much attention to testing, despite the fact that testing accounts for 30-40 percent of a project’s costs. If testing isn’t efficient and well-managed, it can negatively impact a project, as well as an organization’s brand and competitive positioning.

The Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi), governed by the TMMi Foundation, is a process improvement model, but it is focused only on testing. TMMi complements CMMI by increasing the focus on testing and not just on the engineering aspects of development. TMMi is structured much like CMMI with Process Areas and Maturity Levels. But, just like CMMI, you can implement those practices which will provide value to your organization, if a rating is not desired.

We’d like to know more about your knowledge regarding the TMMi. Have you heard of it? Do you think it’s useful? Do you think it would benefit your organization?

Yes or no, we’d like to hear from you! Please take our 4-question survey to share your thoughts about the model.

Take the survey now.

As a thank you for your participation, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

DCG is now a provider of TMMi services via our Test Optimization Solution. If you're interested in learning more about TMMi, I will be co-hosting a webinar on the topic on June 18. If you have any questions about the model, please let me know or attend the webinar and be sure to ask them then!

Register now.


Pat Eglin
Consultant, CMMI Instructor, TMMi Service Provider

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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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