The ISBSG story


In 1997, a group of IT-metrics professionals recognised that better strategies were needed to plan and manage IT projects.  They decided that existing project data could be used to guide the planning of future projects.  This led to the birth of ISBSG.

Today, ISBSG is a not-for-profit organization, based in Australia.  It is managed by a Board of partners from international organizations, including IT metrics associations.

IT companies from around the world share their project data with ISBSG.  Their aim is to improve industry standards and practices.

ISBSG maintains 2 data repositories: one for Development and Enhancement projects and another for Maintenance and Support projects. Organizations use this data to benchmark the performance of their own IT projects.

How ISBSG supports the IT industry


IT professionals use ISBSG data  as a benchmark for their IT projects.  This enables project estimates (such as: effort, team size and cost) to be validated against best industry estimates.

Academic Research

The ISBSG project data is trusted by universities from around the world.  Students and academics use the data for their academic research and papers.

Sharing Knowledge

ISBSG promotes the sharing of knowledge and best practices.  Free resources are provided on the website.  ISBSG also hosts the annual IT Confidence Conference.

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How can we help you?

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