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SPaMCAST 305 - Estimation Essay

Software Process and Measurement Cast number 305 features our essay on Estimation.  Estimation is a hot bed of controversy. We begin by synchronizing on what we think the word means.  Then, once we have a common vocabulary we can commence with the fisticuffs. In SPaMCAST 305 we will not shy away from a hard discussion.

The essay begins:

Software project estimation is a conflation of three related but different concepts. The three concepts are budgeting, estimation and planning.  These are typical in a normal commercial organization, however these concepts might be called different things depending your business model.  For example, organizations that sell software services typically develop sales bids instead of budgets.  Once the budget is developed the evolution from budget to estimate and then plan follows a unique path as the project team learns about the project.

Next

Software Process and Measurement Cast number 306 features our interview with Luis Gonçalves.  We discussed getting rid of performance appraisals.  Luis makes the case that performance appraisals hurt people and companies.

Upcoming Events

DCG Webinars:

Raise Your Game: Agile Retrospectives September 18, 2014 11:30 EDT
Retrospectives are a tool that the team uses to identify what they can do better. The basic process – making people feel safe and then generating ideas and solutions so that the team can decide on what they think will make the most significant improvement – puts the team in charge of how they work. When teams are responsible for their own work, they will be more committed to delivering what they promise.
Agile Risk Management – It Is Still Important! October 24, 2014 11:230 EDT
Has the adoption of Agile techniques magically erased risk from software projects? Or, have we just changed how we recognize and manage risk?  Or, more frighteningly, by changing the project environment through adopting Agile techniques, have we tricked ourselves into thinking that risk has been abolished?

 

Upcoming: ITMPI Webinar!

We Are All Biased!  September 16, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST

Register HERE

How we think and form opinions affects our work whether we are project managers, sponsors or stakeholders. In this webinar, we will examine some of the most prevalent workplace biases such as anchor bias, agreement bias and outcome bias. Strategies and tools for avoiding these pitfalls will be provided.

Upcoming Conferences:

I will be presenting at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management in San Diego, CA on October 1.  I have a great discount code!!!! Contact me if you are interested.

I will be presenting at the North East Quality Council 60th Conference October 21st and 22nd in Springfield, MA.

More on all of these great events in the near future! I look forward to seeing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners that attend these great events!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast has a sponsor.

As many you know I do at least one webinar for the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI) every year. The ITMPI provides a great service to the IT profession. ITMPI’s mission is to pull together the expertise and educational efforts of the world’s leading IT thought leaders and to create a single online destination where IT practitioners and executives can meet all of their educational and professional development needs. The ITMPI offers a premium membership that gives members unlimited free access to 400 PDU accredited webinar recordings, and waives the PDU processing fees on all live and recorded webinars. The Software Process and Measurement Cast some support if you sign up here. All the revenue our sponsorship generates goes for bandwidth, hosting and new cool equipment to create more and better content for you. Support the SPaMCAST and learn from the ITMPI.

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_305_-_Estimation_Essay.mp3
Category:Estimation -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Software Process and Measurement Cast number 303 features our essay titled “Topics in Estimation.” This essay is a collection of smaller essays that cover wide range of issues effecting estimation.  Topics include estimation and customer satisfaction, risk and project estimates, estimation frameworks and size and estimation.  Something to help and irritate everyone, we are talking about estimation – what would you expect?

We also have a new installment of Kim Pries’s Software Sensei column.  In this installment Kim discusses education as defect prevention.  Do we really believe that education improves productivity, quality and time to market?

 

Next

Software Process and Measurement Cast number 304 will feature our long awaited interview with Jamie Lynn Cooke, author The Power of the Agile Business Analyst. We discussed the definition of an Agile business analyst and what they actually do in Agile projects.  Jamie provides a clear and succinct explanation of the role and value of Agile business analysts.

Upcoming Events

I will be presenting at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management in San Diego, CA on October 1.  I have a great discount code!!!! Contact me if you are interested!

I will be presenting at the North East Quality Council 60th Conference October 21st and 22nd in Springfield, MA.

More on all of these great events in the near future! I look forward to seeing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners that attend these great events!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast has a sponsor.

As many you know I do at least one webinar for the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI) every year. The ITMPI provides a great service to the IT profession. ITMPI’s mission is to pull together the expertise and educational efforts of the world’s leading IT thought leaders and to create a single online destination where IT practitioners and executives can meet all of their educational and professional development needs. The ITMPI offers a premium membership that gives members unlimited free access to 400 PDU accredited webinar recordings, and waives the PDU processing fees on all live and recorded webinars. The Software Process and Measurement Cast some support if you sign up here. All the revenue our sponsorship generates goes for bandwidth, hosting and new cool equipment to create more and better content for you. Support the SPaMCAST and learn from the ITMPI.

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_303__Topics_in_Estimation_Software_Sensei_Education.mp3
Category:Estimation -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 300 – Vasco Duarte, #NoEstimates

Show 300! Show Zero was published on January 7, 2007. 2,738 days later, we feature our interview with Vasco Duarte. We discussed #NoEstimates, which evokes a great deal of passion.  The interview will embraces that passion and we sort through the noise to get to the core of the idea which is highly useful despite all of the controversy. #NoEstimates asks teams, product owners and leaders to rethink how they predict project performance.  Change is hard but Vasco describes a less painful path to predicting delivery.

Vasco’s Bio:

Product manager, scrum master, project manager, director, and Agile coach are only some of the roles that Vasco has taken in software development organizations. That experience has been gained by having worked in the software industry since 1997, and being an Agile practitioner since 2004. Vasco has worked in small, medium and large software organizations as an Agile Coach or leader in Agile adoption. He was one of the leaders and catalysts of Agile methods and Agile culture adoption at Avira, Nokia and F-Secure.

Vasco’s blog can be found at http://SoftwareDevelopmentToday.com

Follow Vasco on Twitter @duarte_vasco

 Next

Software Process and Measurement Cast number 301 will feature our essay on technical debt. Technical debt is the work not done or the shortcuts taken when delivering a product. We all take shortcuts, but at what cost?

Upcoming Events

I will be attending Agile 2014 in Orlando, July 28 through August 1, 2014.  It would be great to get together with SPaMCAST listeners, let me know if you are attending.

I will be presenting at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management in San Diego, CA on October 1.  I have a great discount code!!!! Contact me if you are interested!

I will be presenting at the North East Quality Council 60th Conference October 21st and 22nd in Springfield, MA.

More on all of these great events in the near future! I look forward to seeing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners that attend these great events!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast has a sponsor.

As many you know I do at least one webinar for the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI) every year. The ITMPI provides a great service to the IT profession. ITMPI’s mission is to pull together the expertise and educational efforts of the world’s leading IT thought leaders and to create a single online destination where IT practitioners and executives can meet all of their educational and professional development needs. The ITMPI offers a premium membership that gives members unlimited free access to 400 PDU accredited webinar recordings, and waives the PDU processing fees on all live and recorded webinars. The Software Process and Measurement Cast some support if you sign up here. All the revenue our sponsorship generates goes for bandwidth, hosting and new cool equipment to create more and better content for you. Support the SPaMCAST and learn from the ITMPI.

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_300__Vasco_Duarte_NoEstimate.mp3
Category:Estimation -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 212 - Arlene Minkiewicz, Agile Estimation, Parametric Estimation

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 212!   

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 212 features my interview with Arlene Minkiewicz.  We talked about agile and parametric estimation!  Strange bed fellows?

Arlene F. Minkiewicz is the Chief Scientist at PRICE Systems, LLC with over 27 years of experience at PRICE building cost models.  She leads the cost research activity for TruePlanning, the suite of cost estimating products that PRICE provides.  She is a software measurement expert dedicated to finding creative solutions focused on helping make software development professionals successful.  She is widely published and speaks frequently on software related topics.  She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Computer Science from Drexel University.

Email: Arlene.Minkiewicz@PRICESystems.com
Twiitter: @arlenemink
Website:  www.pricesystems.com

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniquesco-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

NOW AVAILABLE IN CHINESE! 

Have you bought your copy?

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One more thing!  Help support the SPaMCAST by reviewing and rating the Software Process and Measurement Cast on ITunes!  It helps people find the cast. 

Next:The Software Process and Measurement Cast 213 we are going to use BAD WORDS.  The essay focuses on some of the bad words that you can use whenmaking  process improvements.


SPaMCAST 201 - Why Size, Agile and TesTrek Previews

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 201!  

SPaMCAST 201 features my essay titled Why Size.  In the essay I discuss why sizing as part of estimating and planning makes sense.  Also in SPaMCAST 201 I will begin featuring elevator speaches for the upcominb AgileTrek and TesTrek Conferences.

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniquesco-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

Have you bought your copy?

NOW AVAILABLE IN CHINESE!

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Upcoming Conferecnes

Conference season is coming.  I will be speaking at the following conferences and look forward to meeting up with all SPaMCAST listeners and contributors.

AgileTrek, November 9th in Toronto 
http://www.qaiagiletrek.org/2012/agiletrek-at-a-glance/

TesTrek, November 5 - 8 in Toronto
http://www.qaitestrek.org/2012Toronto/

ISMA 7, October 28 - 31 in Phoenix, AZ
http://www.ifpug.org/?page_id=252

Next:

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 202 will feature my interview with David Marquet.  We discussed his book Turn the Ship Around!: How to Create Leadership at Every Level.  I have already begun to put his advice to work!  I think you will get a lot out of this interview.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_201_-_Why_Size_Agile_and_TesTrek_Previews.mp3
Category:Estimation -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 84 - Valerdi, Change and Estimation, Outsourcing

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 84!

The interview in the SPaMCAST 84 is with Ricardo Valerdi.  We discussed software cost estimation and behavioral economics.  This was a great interview that anyone working in the IT field will find immediately useful and thought provoking in the long term.

Dr. Valerdi's current research interests include systems engineering cost estimation, system level metrics and models, dynamics in large-scale government system acquisition, and system-of-systems ontologies. His contributions to the field include the Constructive Systems Engineering Cost Model (COSYSMO), a model for estimating systems engineering effort, which has been calibrated with data provided by BAE Systems, Boeing, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and SAIC.

He is also the co-founder of the Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri), which was launched in 2007.

He received his B.S./B.A. in electrical engineering from the University of San Diego in 1999, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in systems architecting and engineering from USC in 2002 and 2005. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as a systems engineer at Motorola where he was responsible for the design and implementation of mission critical public safety communications systems for clients such as the Los Angeles Police Department, Orange County Sheriff, and San Diego Police Department. He has been affiliated with The Aerospace Corporation's Economic and Market Analysis Center as a member of the technical staff since 2003 and he supports cost analysis of programs for the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center at the Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Dr. Valerdi is the author of more than 45 technical publications for IEEE, AIAA, and INCOSE conferences. His work has appeared in several journals, including Journal of Systems Engineering, Journal of Systems and Software, and CrossTalk - The Journal of Defense Software Engineering. He has also served as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and IEEE Software. He served as program chair of the 20th Forum on COCOMO and Software Cost Modeling and is involved with INCOSE in the Measurement Working Group, the Systems Engineering and Architecting Doctoral Student Network, and since 2007 has served on the Board of Directors as associate director for international growth. He is a visiting associate at the Center for Systems & Software Engineering at USC.

Contact information:
Email:      rvalerdi@mit.edu
Website:  http://rvalerdi.mit.edu

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The essay is titled Outsourcing:  Metrics and Governance.  The essay  discusses why it is important to get the link between metrics and governance right in outsourcing contracts.  It goes on to stress why it is important to engage process and metrics experts when negotiating the linkages. 

One of the new features you will notice in SPaMCAST 84 is an ad.  I do not take adding ads lightly  but have decide to occasionally run ads to help defray the cost of hosting, bandwidth and equipment.  When I do run ads I will only run those I feel comfortable with.  Let me know your thoughts on the matter.

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111 Website: www.spamcast.net Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Conferences and Speaking Engagements in 2010 (To Date)  

ISMA Cinco in São Paulo September 13-15.  I will be one of the featured speakers.  More on the topic the near future.  The website to get more information is http://www.ifpug.org/conferences/  I hope to see you there!

Next!

The interview in the SPaMCAST 85 is with Cory Foy.  We talked agile and agile coaching.  Whether you are using SCRUM, xP or any software development methodology I think you will have a lot to think about after listening to Cory.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_84_-_Valerdi_Change_and_Estimation_Outsourcing.mp3
Category:Estimation -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 67 - Chemuturi, Estimation Book, Traceability Part 2 The interview in SPaMCAST 67 is with Murali Chemuturi.  Murali recently had his first book published titled Software Estimation Best Practices, Tools & Techniques: A Complete Guide for Software Project Estimators.  In this edition of the Software  Process and Measurement Cast we discussed estimation, the book and future plans.  Murali offers a lot of practical advice on estimation during the interview.  Good book, good interview . . . go buy a copy or two.   The link to Amazon is  http://bit.ly/2Hce25

Murali has over thirty seven years of total experience out of which about twenty three years in information technology having worked in TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES for Five and half years and in ELECTRONICS COROPORATION OF INDIA LIMITED for Nineteen and half years. I had also worked in SATYAM COMPUTER SERVICES LTD., METAMOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LTD. and Vistaar eBusinesses Pvt Ltd.  Designation at the time of final employment was that of Vice President Software Development at Vistaar e-Businesses Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai.

Contact:
Email:     murali@chemuturi.com
Website: www.chemuturi.com


Tell a friend about the Software Process and Measurement Cast and show them how to subscribe.  Let me know and I will acknowledge you on the next show!  

The essay is a continuation of my essay titled "Traceability: A Radical Approach Based on User Involvement".   Part two starts to get into the meat of tracability and scalability.  Note I recently received a comment about not having access to the whole essay immediately.  While the whole paper is drafted I do my final re-write as I record each section therefore the essay is not really complete until the last part is recorded.  It is the way I write.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

ITMPI webinar
Process Improvement in a Multi-Model World
September 15, 2009
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern Time

Model based process improvement typically has centered on a single model or framework as the lynch pin to control software process improvement within an organization. The use of a model or framework is an excellent means of reducing random activity unfortunately one model does not cover the whole organization. Process improvement has matured to a point where the span of control needs to be extended which suggests the use of more than one model (e.g. CMMI, ISO, ITIL and Business Process Re-engineering to name a few). This webinar with Tom Cagley will discuss how to manage process improvement in a complex, multi-model environment.

More information - http://solutions.compaid.com/forms/WebinarB20090915?ProcessType=PreReg

ISMA 4 Conference
Boundaries, Boundaries Everywhere
September 15, 2009
9:00 - 9:45 AM    
     
    
Identifying applications and project boundaries are critical to accurate and repeatable counts however the rules have a lot of flexibility. The presentation will evaluate a variety of types of applications to evaluate the impact of varied perspectives on application boundaries. The presentation will include at least one hands-on exercise to drive home the impact of boundaries.

The ISMA conference will be held this September 13-16, 2009 at the Palmer House Hilton – Chicago, Illinois see
More informaton - http://www.IFPUG.org
    

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:
The interview in show 68 is with Neil Potter of The Process Group.  We talked of CMMI, process improvement and how change programs fit into economic environment we find ourselves in today and will again someday in the future.
Direct download: SPaMCAST_67_-_Chemuturi_Estimation_Book_Traceability_Part_2.mp3
Category:Estimation -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

SPaMCAST 36 - Armour Part Deux, Estimation and Philosophy, Why Should You Care

Show 36 is part two of my interview with Phil Armour.  The interview focused on estimation and just a bit of philosophy, powerful stuff that may change how you view estimation and the goal of software development.

 Phillip G. Armour is VP for Systems Development and a Senior Consultant at Corvus International Inc.  Phil has been developing software for over thirty-five years.  He has been a programmer, analyst, project manager, DBA, systems architect, process engineer, metrics engineer, consultant, and executive coach and has worked for organizations as diverse as United Airlines, Motorola, Argonne National Laboratory, General Dynamics, the IRS, the premier software consulting company in India, and the largest cellular service provider in Central West Africa.  In the last fifteen years, Phil has personally taught software development techniques and management principles to over 20,000 developers, engineers, managers, and executives.

 Phil’s primary professional focus is currently in two related areas: software project estimation and software technical team development.

 Since 2000, Phil has been a contributing editor on ACM’s flagship magazine “Communications of the ACM” and writes a regular column entitled “The Business of Software” where he explores issues to do with the nature and challenges of modern software.  He has been on the extended faculty at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. 

 Phil is also the author of “The Laws of Software Process” published by Auerbach in 2003.  He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and the Project Management Institute. 

Telephone:      (847)-438-1609
Fax:               (847)-438-1638
Email:             armour@corvusintl.com
Website:        
www.corvusintl.com
www.corvusintl.com

 

 

The essay for this cast is titled “Why Should You Care What Is Driving Change”.  The essay is a reminder to process improvement personnel that to be effective you need to understand why you are making a change.  I suggest that if you don’t understand the rationale for change, stop until you do. The text of the essay can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts:

  • Email SPaMCAST at spamcastinfo@gmail.com
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    Future Events and the next . . .

    Conference season is beginning!

    I will be speaking at IFPUG’s 3rd Annual ISMA Conference and Fall Workshops Sunday, September 14 – Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel information at www.ifpug.org.  The presentation is call “Counting Facebook” and will be on Friday September 19, 2008 at 10:25 AM - 11:25 AM,

    I am speaking at Quest Toronto 2008 Conference, September 22- 26, 2008, at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto, Canada.  I will be presenting “Good Numbers Go Bad” on Wed Sept 24th from 1:30 - 2:30 pm and also joining in as a subject matter expert in the end of day solutions workshop.  Information can be found at http://www.qaiquest.org/toronto/

     

    Finally I will be speaking at the Northeast Quality Council 57th Conference.  The conference is scheduled for October 14 – 15 , 2008 in Marlborough, Massachusetts at Best Western Royal Plaza.   The presentation is titled “One Size Fits . . .Someone Other Than Me”.  Information can be found at http://www.neqc.org/conference.

     

    Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

    On the next SPaMCAST we will feature an interview with Kenji Hiranabe on using Kanban in the software development.  Many of you will remember my interview covering mind mapping with Kenji back on SPaCAST 7 (April 2007).  That episode continues to be one of the most downloaded.  If you missed it I would suggest checking it out.

Direct download: SPaMCast_36_Armour_Part_2_Estimation_Why_Should_You_Care_.output.mp3
Category:Estimation -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

SPaMCAST 34 - Armour, Estimation Ain't Planning, Not The Same

Show 34 is the beginning of my interview with Phil Armour.  I am calling this interview, “Estimation Ain’t Planning”.  I must admit that I have been quoting this interview since I taped it.  Amazingly powerful concepts, so powerful I decided to revisit estimation.

Phillip G. Armour is VP for Systems Development and a Senior Consultant at Corvus International Inc.

Phil has been developing software for over thirty-five years.  He has been a programmer, analyst, project manager, DBA, systems architect, process engineer, metrics engineer, consultant, and executive coach and has worked for organizations as diverse as United Airlines, Motorola, Argonne National Laboratory, General Dynamics, the IRS, the premier software consulting company in India, and the largest cellular service provider in Central West Africa.  In the last fifteen years, Phil has personally taught software development techniques and management principles to over 20,000 developers, engineers, managers, and executives.

 

Phil’s primary professional focus is currently in two related areas: software project estimation and software technical team development.

 

Since 2000, Phil has been a contributing editor on ACM’s flagship magazine “Communications of the ACM” and writes a regular column entitled “The Business of Software” where he explores issues to do with the nature and challenges of modern software.  He has been on the extended faculty at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. 

 

Phil is also the author of “The Laws of Software Process” published by Auerbach in 2003.  He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and the Project Management Institute.

 

Telephone:      (847)-438-1609
Fax:               (847)-438-1638
Email:             armour@corvusintl.com
Website:        
www.corvusintl.com

 

The essay is titled “Estimation, Planning and Goals: All Different I Say!”.   The essay explores the confusion of words used in project planning and control.  The essay may be due to my long-term issue with a how words are used and misused, false levels of precision or just the fact that the process relating to the software engineering disciplines like estimation continue to prove to be difficult to implement regardless of the development method used.  The text of the essay can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and corrections are welcome.

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . 

Future Events and the next . . .

Conference season is beginning!

I will be speaking at IFPUG’s 3rd Annual ISMA Conference and Fall Workshops Sunday, September 14 – Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel information at www.ifpug.org.  The presentation is call “Counting Facebook” and will be on Friday September 19, 2008 at 10:25 AM - 11:25 AM,

I am speaking at Quest Toronto 2008 Conference, September 22- 26, 2008, at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto, Canada.  I will be presenting “Good Numbers Go Bad” on Wed Sept 24th from 1:30 - 2:30 pm and also joining in as a subject matter expert in the end of day solutions workshop.  Information can be found at http://www.qaiquest.org/toronto/

Finally I will be speaking at the Northeast Quality Council 57th Conference.  The conference is scheduled for October 14 – 15 , 2008 in Marlborough, Massachusetts at Best Western Royal Plaza.   The presentation is titled “One Size Fits . . .Someone Other Than Me”.  Information can be found at http://www.neqc.org/conference.

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

On the next SPaMCAST I will interview Charlene Li of Forrester Research, co-author of “Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies”.  We talked about opinion how are social networks and strategies rewriting the organization and its relations to its customers.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_34_-_Armour_Estimation_Aint_Planning_Not_The_Same.mp3
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SPaMCAST 32 - Chemuturi, Estimation Part 2, Good Numbers Go Bad:  Communication

Show 32 is part two of my interview with Murali Chemuturi on the topic of estimation.  You might think part two is just more of the same but think again.  Murali has laid out some interesting theories and data.   Mr Chemuturi has made a very gracious offer, for every comment SPaMCAST gets on Murali’s interview Murali has authorized me to send a PDF copy of his new book on estimation. 

 

Mr. Chemuturi has over thirty four years of total experience out of which about 23 years have been spent in the field of information technology.  Has worked at TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES for five and half years and at ELECTRONICS COROPORATION OF INDIA LIMITED for nineteen. Murali also worked at SATYAM COMPUTER SERVICES LTD., METAMOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LTD. and Vistaar eBusinesses Pvt Ltd.  His CV includes numerous publications and he is the author of an upcoming book on estimation which I will review on a future Software Measurement and Process Cast. 

 

Mr. Chemuturi can be contacted by email at murali@chemuturi.com or by phone at 91-40-27220771, 91-0-988-501-9461 and in the USA at 1- 347-394-3138.  His web site can be found at http://www.effortestimator.com

 

The essay is an excerpt from “When Good Numbers Go Bad” titled “When Communication makes Good Numbers Go Bad”.   The excerpt explores how poor communication can effect a metrics program (and is a bit of foreshadowing of a presentation I will be doing later this year (see below).  The text of the essay can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and corrections are welcome.

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . .

Future Events and the next . . .

I have a couple of free webinars coming up in early 2008.  The first is “Getting Performance Improvement Out of Your Software Process Improvement” on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

I have another webinar coming up in May. The webinar is titled “A Cost Effective Approach to Enterprise Wide Software Process Improvement” May 22nd, 2008 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time

More information and registration information can be found at http://www.itmpi.org/webinars/

 

Conference season is beginning!

 

I will be speaking at IFPUG’s 3rd Annual ISMA Conference and Fall Workshops Sunday, September 14 – Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel information at www.ifpug.org.  The presentation is call “Counting Facebook” and will be on Friday September 19, 2008 at 10:25 AM - 11:25 AM,

I am speaking at Quest Toronto 2008 Conference, September 22- 26, 2008, at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto, Canada.  I will be presenting “Good Numbers Go Bad” on Wed Sept 24th from 1:30 - 2:30 pm and also joining in as a subject matter expert in the end of day solutions workshop.  Information can be found at http://www.qaiquest.org/toronto/

 

Finally I will be speaking at the Northeast Quality Council 57th Conference.  The conference is scheduled for October 14 – 15 , 2008 in Marlborough, Massachusetts at Best Western Royal Plaza.   The presentation is titled “One Size Fits . . .Someone Other Than Me”.  Information can be found at http://www.neqc.org/conference.

 

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

On the next SPaMCAST  we will jump back into the interview with Rob Donnellan of Q/P Management Group covering a wide range of measurement and process improvement topics.  Your thoughts and comments are always a welcome addition and remember I have Murali’s PDF with your name on it!