November 2017 Newsletter

Estimating the Required Team Size of Agile Teams

ISBSG has created a new section of the website dedicated to Agile called “Agile Corner“.  A recent addition is a free report on How to Estimate the Required Team Size of Agile Teams .

This is the first in a series of tutorials on how to use ISBSG data for processes regarding Agile software development.

In the Agile Corner we also discuss:

  • productivity measurement within Agile teams
  • why it is hard to measure productivity
  • a few productivity measurement myths busted.

ISBSG has 169 Agile projects in the Development and Enhancement Repository.  The table at the bottom of the dedicated Agile Corner shows the breakdown by Language and Industry Sector.

ISBSG data helps you to make better decisions, based on objective data instead of subjective opinions.

The ISBSG Data Repository

The ISBSG Data Repository for 2018 can be purchased stand-alone or as part of a Corporate Subscription.   Corporate subscribers receive the data as well as data updates as part of their subscription.  Other benefits of being a corporate subscriber include:

  • a copy of the ISBSG Maintenance & Support Repository
  • demographic reports for both repositories
  • access to all ISBSG Special Analysis reports
  • a 12 month subscription to the new ISBSG Productivity Data Query
  • a report of your choice – you name the topic
  • 10% discount on all ISBSG products and services.

IT Confidence Conference 2017

The 2017 IT Confidence Conference was hosted by Gold partner China Software Process Improvement (China SPI) during September in Beijing.

Presenters from IT Metrics organisations made presentations on topics such as project planning, estimation and cost-saving.

View all 2017 Confidence Conference Presentations.

Percentage of successful IT projects worldwide is still too low…

René Notten, CEO of Metrics Quest, looks at this important issue.  He briefly discusses strategies that can be used to improve the outcome of your project.

Refer to article written by René: Percentage of Successful IT Projects.

News from the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG)

ISMA14, the IFPUG conference event celebrating our 30th anniversary, was held from September 13-15, 2017 in Cleveland, OH, USA.  Three workshops and a full-day conference, featuring industry advancements with Function Points and SNAP Points, led to lively discussions and networking opportunities.

Measurement guru Capers Jones’ enlightened us with research findings from his latest FP-based book.  He challenged us to think beyond traditional measures, and announced that ISMA14 was his” swan song” (final public appearance).

Attendees were impressed with both the array of workshops (early project estimation using Function Point (FP) Analysis and SNAP, and the application of FP rules to new, emerging technologies) as well as the lineup of global speakers.

ISMA14, opened by Capers Jones, gave us the opportunity to discuss a myriad of measurement based topics.  This included:  FPA and IoT (the Internet of Things), industrial based best practices for FP counting, the value of a formalized cost estimation based on software size and practical advice from Brazil about how to succeed with counting NFRs (Non-Functional Requirements.)

Members can freely access all presentations in the ‘Knowledge Base’ section of the website (select ‘ISMA14’ from the ‘Category’ combo-box.)

IFPUG’s bylaws were officialized in 1987 in Ohio, USA (now headquartered in NJ, USA).  Returning to our roots in Cleveland, was a homecoming of sorts.  IFPUG, as one of the first formal and mature measurement organizations has stood the test of time>  It has inspired many other Functional Size Measurement Methods and measurement groups since its inception.  The IFPUG method itself was the first FSMM to be published as an ISO/IEC standard, and since then, another 4 ISO/IEC conformant methods have been standardized and published by ISO/IEC.

In the past 18 months, IFPUG donated both resources and energy to our collaboration with COSMIC and NESMA.  This enabled the development of two major deliverables:

  1. Non-functional sizing glossary
  2. A joint paper on how to address agile development using functional size measurement.

These two results show how a spirit of collaboration between IFPUG and other measurement organizations holds great promise for advancements in software measurement and the mainstream adoption of functional size measurement.

As we round out 2017 as the International Year of Software Measurement (#IYSM) and IFPUG’s 30th anniversary, we are thankful for the support of our members, as well as our colleagues and friends at ISBSG and other measurement organizations.  Their friendship and support are important to the growth of Functional Size Measurement globally.

Please consider joining us for the next ISMA (International Software Measurement and Analysis) conference (#ISMA15) scheduled for Rome, Italy from May 8-11, 2018.