ISBSG Resources

ISBSG has a wealth of resources (i.e. reports, articles, conference papers and videos) on a wide range of software management topics. These topics include: productivity, planning and estimation, benchmarking, agile, maintenance and support, project control, outsourcing and sizing your project.

ISBSG resources are written by IT and metrics professionals, who are leaders in their field of expertise.

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Control of Agile

ISBSG partner, IDC, examines how application development teams can incorporate objective metrics into their performance.
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Cloud Computing

When business leaders move their IT systems and infrastructure into the cloud, their capital is not tied up in maintaining data-centers.

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Software Cost Estimation

ICEAA’s Software Cost Estimation Body of Knowledge (SCEBoK) supports the cost estimation of software projects.

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Improve Productivity

The ISBSG Development and Enhancement Repository contains data for software projects that can track productivity improvements.


Estimation Models

IT project data enables organizations to generate consistent and statistically significant estimation models.

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Benchmarking enables: comparisons of productivity, quality, time to market, cost efficiency and project estimations.

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Confidence Levels

Joint Confidence Level Analysis was successful used for NASA. Learn how parametric and machine learning methods were used.



Using the example of Toyota, we examine the main practices that allow maximum digital transformation – benchmarking.

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Learn how ISBSG Data can help you with your project planning.

Output Based Contracting

In this short paper, we explain the way ISBSG data can be used to contract application development teams based on output instead of the usual Time & Materials method.

Using ISBSG Data to Measure Team Performance

Calculate key 'market average' metrics from ISBSG data. These metrics can then be used to benchmark your team's performance.

Discover What ISBSG Offers

Find out what ISBSG offers and how ISBSG can help you and your project, with this informative guide.

Software Productivity Measurement

In this industry report, Challenges in Productivity Measurement in the software industry are addressed and the way ISBSG data can be used to benchmark productivity of completed projects, releases and sprints is explained.

Industry Tools

View a list of software industry tools that use ISBSG data.

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Productivity Data Query Tool (PDQ)

The ISBSG Productivity Data Query Tool (PDQ) is interactive.  You specify your project attributes then the PDQ finds similar projects from the ISBSG Development & Enhancement Repository. Productivity estimates are generated from this data.  The estimates can be used as a benchmark for your project.

The generated estimates are: software project effort, project delivery rate, project duration, defect density, project effort and speed of delivery.

Find out more details on how to use the PDQ.

SEER® by Galorath

The ISBSG Data can be used with SEER® by Galorath. From complex software projects to intricate manufacturing processes, Galorath’s SEER suite of tools enable project managers, cost analysts and engineers to make timely, accurate and insightful decisions. Seer tools are powerful and analytical.  They allow you to identify, evaluate and manage the complex array of cost, labour, schedule, reliablity and risks associated with an organisation’s critical projects.
For more information visit the SEER® by Galorath website or contact Galorath

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Experience Services

4SUM Partners’ Experience® tools help software acquirers, suppliers and IT management consultants in scope management related tasks.  This includes: project effort estimation, change management, progress reporting and data collection. Experience® Service is web based software that supports Functional Size Measurement.  Easy access to best-matching ISGSG data for one’s project effort estimation, is provided.

Experience® Service supports use of FiSMA, IFPUG, NESMA and Cosmic FSM.  It can be used from early estimation, through detailed baseline measurement, to final data collection and benchmarking.

For more information, visit the 4Sum Partners website

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Unison’s Trueplanning enables software managers to improve program planning, decisions, and outcomes. 

Produce activity-based estimates of cost, schedule and uncertainty using TruePlanning integrated framework with validated, predictive models for a standard, repeatable modelbased cost engineering process based on the organization and technical solution being produced.

For more information, visit the Unison Cost Engineering website or contact Chief Scientist,

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Accurate estimations are essential for the success of your project.

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Determine the factors that impact your project’s productivity.

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Learn about productivity, estimation and team size in Agile.

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Compare your project’s estimates to the best in the software industry.

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Maintenance & Support

A significant proportion of your IT systems’ budget may be spent on maintenance and support.

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Learn about the importance of software size, as an important factor in estimating cost.

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Discover how customer satisfaction, cost-effectiveness and quality can be maintained with outsourcing.

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Project Control

Learn about the factors that affect the schedule and budget of your project.

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