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Establish an IT Benchmarking Program

IT quality and productivity performance improvement initiatives must include data-based information to guide and direct improved performance over time. This process begins with establishing a baseline of quality and productivity performance levels, which can then be used to track improved performance over time and better understand how IT is functioning.

A global service company that provides innovative payment and expense management solutions for consumers and businesses wanted to develop its own IT benchmarking program in order to identify opportunities to improve its development practices, so it reached out to David Consulting Group.

Benchmarking

We've put together a case study to explain how we implemented the benchmarking program and the benefits in doing so thus far. Lear more about the benchmarking solutions that we offer here.

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Benchmarking Program Leads to Improved Development Practices

DavidA proper benchmarking program helps you to establish a standard for performance in order to set – and monitor – a path for improvement. It’s all about using data to better understand how IT is functioning and to figure out what changes should be made and whether or not those changes are working.

Understanding the value of this type of information, a global service company that provides innovative payment and expense management solutions for consumers and businesses reached out to DCG for help in the creation of its own benchmarking program.

We’ve put together a case study that outlines how DCG worked with the company to establish a benchmarking program and the benefits received from its implementation. Though this exact implementation may not be useful for every company, the case study highlights just how beneficial a benchmarking can be, providing value now and well into the future.

If you have any related questions, please leave a comment and we'll get back to you!

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David Herron
Vice President, Software Performance Management

Written by David Herron at 05:00

The Estimation Center of Excellence: A Case Study

A global financial solutions provider was struggling with its limited capability to accurately predict and successfully manage its software delivery schedule. Based on DCG’s reputation in the field of software metrics, the company reached out for help.

DCG proposed the creation of an internal sizing and estimating Center of Excellence (CoE) following its Build, Operate, Transfer (BOT) approach. This approach starts with the creation of the CoE under the operation of DCG, with ownership transferred to the company over time.

To learn more about this engagement and the BOT approach, read our case study: DCG Establishes Estimation Center of Excellence for Global Financial Solutions Provider, Resulting in Increased Project Oversight and Improved Vendor Management.

The engagement is currently running successfully and the company has reported an improved ability to evaluate third party vendor bids based on software development efforts.

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Analyzing the Military’s .NET Framework

As you may know, David Consulting Group is a partner with CAST, a world leader in Software Analysis and Measurement. Some of our offerings are powered by CAST products, like the Application Code Quality Center of Excellence and our Function Point Analysis Service.

Our partnership is built on years of independent work in software analytics, as well as a number of successful joint engagements. One such engagement occurred when a branch of the United States military wanted to validate its vendor-designed .NET framework with an external assessment of its architectural and performance software code.

To execute the project, DCG worked with CAST and Alliance Global, a software development firm that builds tools to perform code reviews using advanced application analytic tools.

Ultimately, David Consulting Group utilized the CAST Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) to effectively analyze the framework code and identify areas of concern for the organization (sample output below).

CAST AIP

Find out more about this engagement and read our newest case study, David Consulting Group Utilizes CAST’s Application Intelligence Platform to Analyze and Assess a Third Party, Custom .NET Framework for the Military.


Sarah Weddle
Marketing Director

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Equity Capital Firm Engages DCG to Improve Agile Implementation

David Consulting GroupThe IT department at one of the world’s largest and most successful global equity capital firms attempted to adopt Agile methods but struggled to reap the benefits – and key deadlines were repeatedly missed.

However, the firm was aware of the potential benefits of effective Agile adoption, so instead of giving up altogether, it reached out to David Consulting Group for help in making Agile work.

Read our case study to learn more about how DCG took the team through our Agile JumpStart program – hands-on training designed to accelerate Agile adoption – to increase the team’s confidence in and understanding of Agile, leading to effective implementation that had a valuable impact on the team and on the business.

Equity Capital Firm Engages DCG to Improve Agile Implementation


Sarah Weddle
Marketing Director

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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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