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Estimating in the Web World[presentation]

Discover the techniques used by estimators to overcome the challenges they are confronted with in attempting to estimate totally new development environments in the Web/e-commerce world.

Lawrence Putnam, Jr., QSM, Inc.
Statistical Process Control (SPC) for Software Inspections[presentation]

Attempts to create user-friendly statistical process control (SPC) charts for software inspections often have
failed. A principle cause of these problems is the failure to recognize the asymmetric distributions of the

Don Porter, Motorola
Software Metrics "State of the Practice"[presentation]

In this session, Peter Kulik presents the results of KLCI's third industry survey on software metrics usage conducted in the fourth quarter of 2000.

Peter Kulik, KLCI, Inc.
Effort Tracking Made Easy[presentation]

Tracking effort is often a difficult cultural change to implement.

Lynn Cole, Spherion Technology Architects
Managing Concurrent Software Releases in Development and Test[presentation]

There is an ever-growing need to provide complex software products to customers on a short development schedule. Additionally, the customers need to be able to count on release dates for planning purposes.

David Shinberg, Lucent Technologies
A Disciplined Approach to High Velocity Software Development[presentation]

When faced with the challenge of shortening delivery cycles, the old economy manufacturing companies utilized disciplined quality techniques to reduce scrap and rework and improve productivity.

Girish Seshagiri, Advanced Information Services, Inc.
The Ritual of Retrospectives: Your First Best Tool for a Learning Organization[presentation]

You've just finished your software release. You have signed off, and it's been shipped. You're done, right? No!

Norm Kerth, Elite Systems
Program Management vs. Project Management[presentation]

When a company has multiple products that are related in some way, management may choose to group those projects together under a Program Manager.

Dulcey Branch, Texas Utilities
Enterprise-Wide Change and Configuration Management[presentation]

Multi-tier applications are increasingly strategic for many organizations, but manually coordinating the movement of disparate components-developed and deployed on multiple platforms through the software development lifecycle-can be tedious a

Melissa Borza, Computer Associates International Inc.
When Your Developers Don't Work for You-How I Managed A Band of "Hackers"[presentation]

The future of the development world lies with a bunch of skilled programmers living wherever they want, taking whichever projects they like, naming their price, and disappearing once the project is over.

Lee Fischman, Galorath, Inc.
Troubled Times[article]

Market analysts say the economy is recovering from the recession. But it seems that every day we read about another company laying off workers and the tough IT job market. All this has Eileen Strider wondering, in this week's column, how you are faring and what kind of support you are both giving and receiving during these tough times.

Eileen Strider
The Impact of Team/Personal Software Processes[presentation]

Several years ago, the Naval Oceanographic Office initiated its process improvement effort with Team Software Process (TSP) and Personal Software Process (PSP) as its foundation.

Edward Battle, Naval Oceanographic Office
A New Approach for Estimating in e-Business Development[presentation]

In order to control the costs and schedules of new eBusiness development projects, a revolution in estimation and the software lifecycle must take place.

David Duncan, Cambridge Technology Partners
Buffers and Risk: Critical Chain Project Management[presentation]

Critical Chain Project Management uses statistical process control to more clearly define the relationships between tasks and the project end date by using buffers to represent process variation in project tasks.

Robert Muller, Cytokinetics, Inc.
Four Keys to Better Test Management[article]

There seemed to be a disjoint between development and test groups. There were four things that became very obvious to me, that were necessary to get better organized:

  1. To have a common set of ground rules on the test progress, defect reporting, and verification.
  2. Be able to convey how is testing going on a frequent basis.
  3. Be able to determine what do I need to test and stand behind the reasons why.
  4. Maintain good communication with the technical leaders to help move the product through the development phases by being proactive rather than reactive.
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