Project Management

QSM Releases 2016 Software Almanac

The new edition examines the past 35 years of predictive analytics for business intelligence, focusing on five core metrics. It also includes a perspective on project management success factors and best practices for software estimation.

Quantitative Software Management (QSM), a provider of software process improvement and systems development estimation tools and resources, has released the 2016 version of its Software Almanac. The Almanac provides industry leaders with a single resource for examining the history of software estimation, and explores how estimation principles remain relevant despite significant changes in software development methodologies.

Addressing an increased focus on risk management and cyber vulnerabilities when it comes to software, this year’s Almanac focuses on “A Changing World: Applying Old Lessons to New Cases.” It analyzes how code and basic metrics were utilized in the infancy of software estimation, emphasizing five core metrics — software sizing methods; productivity vs. size and staff; establishing a baseline; modifying code vs. new code; and sample sizes and trend line creation.

The resources also provides a project management perspective, five articles on best practices associated with software estimation, and a foreword from Lawrence H. Putnam, Sr., founder and president emeritus of QSM, who was a …

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