June 2016 Newsletter

ISBSG and China Software Process Improvement Association (China SPI) start partnership

ISBSG is very proud to announce the partnership with China SPI. China SPI is a not-for-profit organization in Beijing (China) that provides an ecosystem for its members to improve IT and Software best practices in China. China SPI has over 2000 members in China and wishes to improve the maturity of the Chinese market when it comes to software project estimation and benchmarking practices using functional size measurement and ISBSG industry data. ISBSG and China SPI are going to work together to translate ISBSG materials and to collect data from the Chinese industry. As part of the new partnership, ISBSG president Harold van Heeringen gave a key-note speech at the annual international conference organized by China SPI. His presentation ‘Improve Estimation maturity using Functional Size Measurement and Industry Data’ helps China SPI to improve the software estimation and benchmarking maturity practices in China.

More data fields issued in the D&E 2016 R1 Release

Until now there were a few differences between the ‘regular’ D&E repository and the D&E repository that the corporate subscribers get as part of their corporate subscription. The main difference being the number of data fields issued in the release. Starting 2016R1 that was just released, these differences have been removed, which means that now everybody will get the full repository with all the fields that can possibly be issued. This affects all data points that are present in the repository, so also the projects that were released earlier without these fields. Get your copy of the full dataset here.

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 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.

Software Cost Engineering is becoming an acknowledged profession!

Software Cost Engineering is a profession! However, in many organizations even large projects are estimated by just asking the engineers, architects, testers, project managers and other experts to come up with the estimate, based on their experience. In the Software Cost Engineering community, this is often referred to as ‘Estimation maturity level 0’. Although these expert estimates are sometimes quite accurate, they are also subjective, not repeatable, not backed up by data, not verifiable and therefore not defensible. The problem is that humans (experts) systematically underestimate software projects and that starting software projects with unrealistically optimistic expectations usually results in huge overruns in the end. When the customer asks on what ground the estimate is based, you really don’t wish to answer: “our engineers just think so”. The International Cost Estimation and Analysis Association (ICEAA), the International Function Point User Group (IFPUG) and the Dutch Nesma (formerly known as Netherlands Software Metrics Association) are forming a consortium to develop a Software Cost Engineering Body of Knowledge (SCEBoK) and a certification program for Certified Software Cost Engineer. Read more…