Project metrics in practice

Date:
Wednesday 9 April 2014

Time:
6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

Venue:
BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Speaker:
Bernard Londeix MIET, MBCS, MAPM, CEng
Director, Telmaco Ltd

Software project metrics is usually carried out using external benchmarking specialist firms investigating all your past projects in minute detail and finally providing your company with a fully-informed report. This is how a company learns about its own capability.

However, you do not have to wait for the opportunity of an outsourcing evaluation in order to start learning about your software development capability, discovering your strengths and your weaknesses and means of remedying them. You can do it yourself in your own projects.

This session aims to explore just how to do that. We will examine how to handle this internal project benchmarking, looking at the pitfalls of this practice and how to get results meaningful for the project manager and his/her senior management.

You will need to identify the purpose of your metrics exercise. For example, this could be project productivity. We will see how to identify the necessary data and how to collect them. This should be done for a valid management purpose, so this requires some planning. You will want to establish and run your own knowledge base. Even if it is on a small scale, it could already be very effective as a way of helping you achieve your goals.

About the Speaker:

Bernard Londeix began his career in 1968 in R&D focussed in real time software for telecommunications, and has stayed dedicated to metrics since. In 1985/88, he conducted the metrics technology transfer programme from the Advanced Technologies Centre of ITT Programming (USA, Co) to STC Telecommunications (London). He published this first experience in Cost Estimation for Software Development (Addison-Wesley, 1987, reprinted 1990).

In 1989 Bernard created Telmaco Ltd as a metrics focussed company with a view to creating and supplying software tools supporting the full process of project estimation and software measurement. Since then, he has contributed to the development of the COSMIC software measurement method. He has delivered face-to-face and on-line classes for clients in the UK and EU, measured and audited numerous business application portfolios using relevant standards (e.g. IFPUG, Mk II FPA, COSMIC, COCOMO & CMMI), while furthering his expertise in development methods and estimation practices. Bernard's consultations have benefited clients in finance, banking, insurance, retail, and telecommunications, as well as numerous improvement initiatives for government institutions. Also, since 1999 Bernard has worked in association with SMS Examplar on a number of major projects - notably, supplier capability evaluation for GCHQ; the HMRC ASPIRE contract, and development of new estimating model for a major public sector software supplier.
 
Bernard holds the SEI CMMI Staged Representation v1.2 certification and is a COSMIC certified Function Point specialist. He has considerable expertise in the COSMIC functional size measurement method and has developed the MeterIT tool-chain, for project measurement and estimation (see www.telmaco.com).

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