April 2016 Newsletter

New Front Office

n order to shorten the response time for questions and orders, ISBSG has appointed a new front office and a new front office e-mail address. Please use the e-mail address frontoffice@isbsg.org for all ISBSG related questions and queries.


Are government software development projects really less productive than non-government ones?

Many people ask us if we have data of the differences between government projects and non-government projects in our repositories. A lot of people presume there are differences in productivity and are looking for data to confirm their assumptions. In fact, ISBSG collects this data and also whether the project is carried out in-house or outsourced. If you are interested in this, please check out the special analysis report Government and Non-Government Software Project Performance.

Status of the data repositories

ISBSG is currently growing two data repositories:

  • Development and Enhancement (D&E: projects / releases / sprints) ;
  • Maintenance and Support (M&S)

The number of data points in the last few releases of these repositories are displayed in the next figures:

D&E Repository Growth

M&S Repository Groth

For the D&E repository, the number of new project submissions is quite steady. Especially corporate subscribers benefit from this, as they receive an updates repository any time a new version is released. However, the M&S repository suffers from a lack of data submissions.

ISBSG is now in the process of creating new repositories and associated questionnaires as well as easier ways to submit data for people and/or organisations. If you have any thoughts on how we should improve the data collection, especially in the application maintenance & support area, please let us know: frontoffice@isbsg.org.


Interesting Statistic of this newsletter issue

A new feature of the ISBSG newsletter is the ‘interesting statistic’. In this section, a brief analysis is carried out to see the trends in productivity (hours per function point), also expressed as Project Delivery Rate (PDR) and the speed of delivery (Function points delivered per calendar month) of Java projects.

Java Prod & Speed 2011-2015

The median PDR of the completed Java projects in the repository is typically 14-16 hours/FP, but in 2013 and 2014 it dropped to under 10 hours per FP (meaning a better productivity these years), only to go up again to the usual level in 2015. The average speed is typically 22-25 Function Points per calendar month, but remarkably enough rose in 2015 to 28 hours per month. So, in 2015 the PDR got worse, but the speed went up! Possibly this effect can be explained by the increased adoption of agile development methods in the industry, where development speed is high, but there usually also is some rework after each sprint.


Corporate subscribers additional benefits – free analysis report

Being a corporate subscriber gives your organisation access to all the most current data, reports and tools. An additional benefit for corporate subscribers is the right to obtain a free report every year that is exclusively created for corporate subscribers. Even better, corporate subscribers can forward their own ideas regarding the analysis topic. If chosen, the corporate subscriber is allowed to work on the special analysis report together with ISBSG analysts. So, if you are a corporate subscriber, please let us know your ideas for the next exclusive Special Analysis Report at frontoffice@isbsg.org


Discount coupon Development &Enhancement Release 2016R1

We appreciate  that you are subscribed to the ISBSG newsletter. To show our appreciation, we would like to offer you a 10% discount on the new repository 2016R1, containing 7518 data points of completed projects, which is 352 data points more than in the last release (2015R2, November 2015). Please use the coupon “2016r1 discount” at the shopping cart for Development & Enhancement Industry Data product


ISBSG/ICEAA SoCal co-organize the 2016 IT Confidence conference

In 2013, ISBSG started to organize a one-day conference aligned with the traditional yearly workshop. The name of the conference, IT Confidence, was chosen to stress the fact that the IT industry could actually get more confidence to deliver successful projects when using mature measurement and estimating techniques and relevant historical data. Since 2013 (Rio de Janeiro), 2 additional successful events were organized: 2014 (Tokyo) and 2015 (Florence). This year, the IT Confidence is going to be organized together with the Southern California Chapter of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) in Los Angeles. ISBSG Gold member Galorath is the host of the event which is scheduled on Wednesday September 7th. Find out more about this event and the Call for Papers/Presentations on the conference website: itconfidence2016.wordpress.com