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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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Software Productivity – Are We Making Progress?

MikeI’d like to call attention to the a recent paper by Donald J. Reifer that appeared in the Journal of Cyber Security and Information Systems, “Software Productivity Progress during the First Decade of the 21st Century.”

As the title indicates, the paper summarized the progress various industries have made in software productivity during the first decade of the 21st century using data from 1,000 completed projects, none of which are over 10 years old.

Thousands of dollars are spent each year to improve productivity, which is defined by IEEE Standard 1045-1992 as the ratio of units of output generated to units of input used to generate them, but is productivity actually improving or are we wasting dollars?

Reifer concludes that thanks to considerable improvements in the technology that software organizations are using, there have been considerable productivity improvements in the last decade. On the whole, this means that these investments are worth it, according to empirical evidence.

The upfront costs may be considerable and seemingly risky, but they are balanced out over time due to improved productivity. With data such as this in hand, IT departments have the evidence they need to provide reassurance to the business (and to themselves) that investments are valuable.

For the details of how Reifer came to these conclusions, you can read his paper here.

Mike Harris
DCG President

Written by Michael D. Harris at 05:00
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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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