International Software Benchmarking Standards Group Overview

ISBSG Mission

ISBSG is a not-for-profit organisation that has been helping IT professionals since 1997.  It aims to help you improve the planning and management of your IT projects.  This, in turn, will improve your productivity and  give you better control of your project costs.

We achieve this aim through the sharing of knowledge.  2 Repositories of IT project data exist for you to benchmark your project against.

Compare your estimations against similar project data.  Are your estimations of effort, team size, phase duration, number of defects etc similar to projects in the Repository?  If not, why not?

An extensive collection of reports and books also provides a wealth of information to help you.

How does it work?

IT professionals from around the world send us metrics about their IT projects.  Their anonymity is guaranteed of course. In return for their data, we offer them free ISBSG report, books, subscriptions and data.

This data undergoes stringent validation processes.  If it adheres to our standards, it is added to one of our Repositories.

This Repository data is then used by IT professionals for benchmarking purposes.

The Repositories

Our 2 Repositories contain:

Development & Enhancement data form more than 6,000 projects      and

Maintenance & Support data  data for more than 1,000 projects

The data originates from a wide range of countries and organisations.  Many different application types and industries are represented.


For more details on the ISBSG, download  a Powerpoint presentation.