Illustrating Probability in Software Project Management Cost and Schedule Estimating: Know the Odds Before Placing Your Bet

This paper, from our partners r2Estimating®, starts with the premise, “The only thing certain about project performance is uncertainty" and presents a process (methods and tools) for performing confidence-driven estimating. [PDF]


Next Generation Software Estimating Framework: 25 Years and Thousands of Projects Later

This paper, from our partners r2Estimating®, takes the time to evaluate the software estimating relationships between effort, duration, cost and defects based on the notion that software development is the cumulative effect of people laboring to do work over some duration that produces a desired software product. The resulting model establishes a next generation software estimating framework. [PDF]


Using DataDrill EXPRESS to Support CMMI Level Three

This white paper describes how DataDrill EXPRESS has been designed to specifically address the needs of organizations operating at CMMI Level 3. DataDrill EXPRESS, unlike any other commercial solution, provides automation for every Measurement & Analysis (M&A) task in the CMMI, in a way that makes this essential business practice achievable for all organizations. [PDF]


Measurement Process Effectiveness: Calculating Measurement Effectiveness

How do you know if your performance measurement process is effective? Why should you care? These questions and more are answered in the presentation delivered by Distributive Management's Peter Baxter at the 2008 European Competitive Measurement Symposium in Paris, France.
"Obviously there's more benefit derived from effective performance measurement than ineffective performance measurement," says presenter Peter Baxter. "But many organizations fail to perform this one maintenance activity that ensures the value and usefulness of their measurement process"
Download the presentation to get specific guidance on conducting a measurement effectiveness survey and then using the results to improve measurement effectiveness. [PDF]

Measurement for Maturity and Process Improvement Using DataDrill EXPRESS

A measurement process provides valuable guidance for improving your organization’s capability to plan, monitor and control programs and projects. Software managers use the measurement and analysis process to enter and establish plans, to review the progress of actual performance against the plan, and finally to take management action to identify and resolve issues of poor process or product performance. The measurement process is the mechanism that the organization uses to provide information that managers need to manage the way that the organization requires them to. The CMMI contains a Measurement and Analysis process area that outlines key elements of a successful measurement process.

This white paper from Distributive Management provides useful guidance on measurement processes, the CMMI and process improvement plus information on putting it all into action with an automated measurement tool like DataDrill EXPRESS. [PDF]


Getting the Most Out of Your Change Control System: Measuring Software Project Management Quality

A software configuration management process, including both management and technical tasks, is an essential part of the software process. Selecting and managing change is as important as actually making the changes. Without establishing a plan and then monitoring changes during the entire software project, the chances for delivering required content by a specific date are slim. By using a measurement process, including a simple set of measures, you can start coming to grips with the scope and progress of change in your software project. You may find that with just a little process, you actually produce a better product faster. [PDF]

Putting the DASH In Dashboards: Using DataDrill EXPRESS to Quickly Create Visual Key Management Information

Many organizations have experienced an explosion in the amount of data that is available for their managers to use in making decisions. While this is far better than the alternative, the wealth of data requires that managers have a means to navigate and analyze the information which affects their projects. This is where DataDrill EXPRESS comes into play. Designed to summarize large amounts of information, DataDrill EXPRESS provides a color-coded summary of all projects and activities of interest to each manager, simplifying access to key information, and letting managers focus on managing. [PDF]

If You Don't Have Performance Measures, Your Project Schedule Won't Help

This article makes the point that a schedule without quality is of no use and results in a product with no value for customers. Unless you also measure the vital aspects of the product you are developing, the schedule has no practical purpose. What does it mean when a project is ahead of schedule but the product lacks the features to compete in the marketplace or to satisfy the needs of the consumer? If the product isn’t usable, then it could be done now, or take another year - it really doesn’t matter. [PDF]

Putting MANAGEMENT Into Your Requirements Management

Managers who use requirements engineering measures can spot trouble before a software project becomes a death march. By better managing requirements engineering, managers ensure that they deliver a quality product that completely satisfies customer expectations. Requirements measures help managers prevent software project failures. This technique of using metrics is not new – what is a fresh step in the right direction is managers’ expectations that they are more closely involved in monitoring and controlling the requirements process. [PDF]

Dashboards for Project Management and Process Improvement

A paper from the E-SEPG 2005 Conference, written by Patrick Hamon of Spirula, on creating useful dashboards for strategic and operational management. [PDF]


Focusing Measurement on the Information Needs of Managers

Establishing a measurement process has evolved from the days of "If it moves, count it" through goal-question-metric to today's information-needs based approach for identifying and defining what to measure. Measurement process guidance from ISO and Practical Software and Systems Measurement provides a robust and flexible framework for measurement,but sadly only identify the purpose of measurement as the "information needs" of managers. [PDF]


Statistical Process Control Analysis Unraveled

Peter Baxter shares his knowledge and experiences in a multi-part article on using statistical process control (SPC) for software and systems measurement.[PDF]

Managing Peer Reviews Using DataDrill and CodeCollaborator

Peer reviews, or inspections of software source code, can significantly raise the quality of a software product by removing defects at an early stage. In this paper, Distributive Management’s DataDrill is used to plan, monitor and control the peer review process while Smart Bear’s Code Collaborator is used to perform software peer reviews.[PDF]