If your team is embarking on a project with new methodology or less experienced resources, it is important to know that your estimate or productivity is not higher than the average productivity of equivalent projects.
Many times we are over-optimistic about what we can achieve. Knowing where you fit against industry data is a reality check. It can also help with justification of the estimate to management.
ISBSG project data reflect the best 25% of the industry. Measurement is integral to well structured development methods, hence produces better productivity. Also those who measure obtain more knowledge about what enables them to be more productive and improve over time.
Comparing to industry can be done in 2 ways.
- Submit your productivity measurement to the ISBSG and you will receive a free Project Benchmark Report.
- Purchase the ISBSG data and perform your own analysis on how you compare. This will enable you to filter the comparison set to exactly what you want.