By Christof Ebert


Today?s aggressive demanding situations in software program company require thorough administration of software program tasks and ongoing development of improvement techniques. with no successfully utilizing the perfect metrics, it truly is most unlikely to establish and keep an eye on software program improvement. but software program size additionally wishes loads of useful counsel outfitted upon perception and event in order that we will be able to keep away from repeating errors.

Dumke and his coauthors aim precisely this want: they summarize wisdom and reports approximately software program size in an simply understood, hands-on presentation. They clarify present criteria like ISO 15939 (the normal dimension average) and ISO 19761 (the COSMIC complete functionality issues standard), and CMMI (the power adulthood Model). They element a number of case reviews in international a hundred businesses corresponding to Alcatel, Deutsche Telekom, and Siemens.

This mixture of methodologies and functions makes the booklet ultimate for pros within the software program undefined. in addition to the various useful tricks and checklists they'll additionally savor the massive reference checklist, such as hyperlinks to metrics groups the place undertaking studies are shared.

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With each project being managed ad-hoc and without learning effects, scalability between projects does not exist. What exists are dependencies of the form that resources are taken away from a project to satisfy more urgent needs in another projects. This, however, is done in a rather chaotic way. Such organizations first need to improve their project management. The following steps during setting up a release roadmap will help to improve its predictability [Eber03a]: x Identify similarities and dependencies across markets and technologies.

The implications on different managerial levels are comparable. Whether it is on the project or the portfolio level, decisions need to suit the proposed scenarios. For instance, if risks grow beyond what the project can handle, it is time to reconsider features and project scope. Maybe incremental deliveries can help with coping too big a scope and not manageable size or duration. 2 Managing by the Numbers 21 level), they should be cancelled. Only those projects and products should remain in the portfolio that represent the biggest value and shortest time to returns.

10. 3 Product and Release Planning Projects do not run independently; they influence each other in various dimensions. For instance, they share skills from the same resource pool and they compete for the best skills with all other projects. They might build on each other, especially in product-line architectures or in multirelease contracts. They might reuse common components or frameworks, or they simply address the same customers, both internally and externally. In particular, product lines and multirelease dependencies ask for transparent and consistent roadmap management of the overarching evolution of all products and projects in the enterprise.

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