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LedaMC works to reduce IT costs and improve software development efficiency. They developed Quanter – an estimation tool based on software functional size. LedaMC looked for reliable resources to support them and their work and this led them to take an active role in ISBSG, in 2014. They are on the ISBSG board of directors and work collaboratively with them.
“The ISBSG database contains a large number of projects from many, different countries. It is extremely useful for benchmarking and helps companies to place their software developments in the market context.”
METRI is an IT consulting firm that advises the top 200 companies in the Netherlands, as well as globally operating system integrators. It is a specialist in financial data analysis and provides numerous estimation & performance measurement services for its clients. Examples are: Agile Team Performance Monitor, Software Risk Monitor and IT Cost Estimation. METRI helps its customers to make the data-driven decisions. So, METRI’s ISBSG Corporate Subscription is a valued asset. Principle METRI consultant, Harold van Heeringen, has been active in ISBSG since 2005, including ISBSG president from 2011 – 2019. This demonstrates the trust and value that METRI places in ISBSG.
How can you ensure good effort-estimation for your project, without access to affordable historical project data? Since 1997, ISBSG has been the source of: information, best practices and trustworthy, independent project data for the benchmarking of IT projects. ISBSG’s data repository increases in size, each year, with the addition of new project data. Furthermore, in order to promote a culture of benchmarking, ISBSG generated the ISO 29155 of standards. Since 2013, ISBSG has also hosted annual “IT Confidence” conferences. GUFPI-ISMA (Italian Software Metrics Association) joined ISBSG from its inception. GUFPI-ISMA offers free access to ISBSG’s Productivity Data Quality tool, to subscribing members.
We are a Six Sigma consultancy company and ISBSG provides benchmarking references for customers regarding their software development performance. The ability to bring new products to market faster than competition, is key for survival for most companies.
As most new products contain embedded software, or depend from IT Infrastructure, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery/Deployment, performance measurements in software development is a key performance index (KPI) for most companies and customers. Moreover, purchasing software on the base of Cost per Function Points becomes standard practice altogether
The ISBSG data repository of software projects data is by far the best in its class. It is very well structured, with very good standardized data definitions and of course a lot of data from all over the world. I strongly recommend it for both benchmarking and estimation purposes.
I recommend that organizations collect their own data using these ISBSG definitions: this will facilitate both internal and external benchmarking. I have also formally recommended the ISBSG repository in my book ‘Software Project Estimation: The Fundamentals for providing high quality information for decision makers
IFPUG is an ISBSG Gold partner. As the chair of IFPUG International Membership Committee, which consists of country representatives across world, we always recommend using ISBSG data repository to address questions like:
– What are industry productivity standards for my project type?
– How productive is my organization, compared to others in the industry?
– Is my supplier’s quotation fair and is the delivery date realistic?
– What is the optimal average team size for my project?
The ISBSG data is easily analyzed using Excel. It is a true asset for those involved in software project estimation, benchmarking and reporting. I strongly recommend it.