Galorath's Ian Brown will be presenting this paper at the Canada ICEAA conference this week" Too often, organizations that contract for software development services are at the mercy of vendors for cost and schedule estimates. Once a program office releases a request for proposal for software development, it must somehow evaluate the validity of cost and schedule estimates that come back with the proposals. Or a program might have a limited budget or schedule but not a clear understanding of …
El Segundo, Calif.—December 4, 2017— Galorath Incorporated, a California-based software and professional services firm whose customers include the U.S. Department of Defense, announces an exciting development for its SEER® for Software (aka SEER-SEM™) application.
SEER for Software now incorporates the data-centric DoD SRDR dataset. Galorath has prepared a SEER-formatted historical database (SEER-HD) and a set of specialized knowledge bases that incorporate the sanitized version of the DoD SRDR database.
The update will enable DoD users of SEER for Software to leverage SEER-SEM capabilities using a familiar dataset. This database can now be used directly in SEER-SEM for estimating, sizing, …
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El Segundo, Calif.—December 4, 2017— Galorath Incorporated, a California-based software firm whose customers include Airbus; BAE Systems; Boeing; Lockheed Martin; Northrop Grumman; and the U.S. Department of Defense announces a three-year extension of its Certificate of Networthiness (CON) for the U.S. Army.
Army Regulation (AR) 25-1 mandates the assessment of NetOps products against the architecture to ensure they meet functional and interoperability requirements within the Army Enterprise. The CON approval process insures all NetOps products – software, tools or systems are compliant.
Award of the SEER CON involved an extensive …
Here are my slides 2017 estimating source lines of code that will be contributed to the ICEAA software costing body of knowledge. It is important to note that Galorath / SEER is size agnostic. Lines of code can work in many circumstances, functional sizes can work well in many circumstances as can other size measures.
There are people who love source lines of code and people that hate them. I have seen people get into big trouble making up SLOC estimates. And I have seen people do a great job of estimating from properly counted analogies or estimates that understood …
The concept: Agile Projects Need Budgets, Not Just Estimates, from an article in the Harvard Business Review Agile Projects Need Budgets, Not Just Estimates makes a great point about preparing estimates. Their basic assumption is that to perform estimates one needs to break everything down to tasks of a few days. And that is too much work. We couldn't agree more. The article goes on to show how for budgeting one needs not just a single point estimate but a risk curve and the number associated with a probability.... That a budget is a commitment, not just an estimate with …
I think I have said this before but the minus of being a bigger company is I don't get to participate in very many development reviews. But the positive is when I see something like SEER estimate Central I am blown away all at once. A year or two ago one of our customers implemented something sort of like this internally so they could see demand in terms of staff required, staff available, overstaffing and much more. The new SEER estimate centeral does all this and much more. Traditional, Agile or hybrid... understand organizational staffing, costing and any other issues. …
The Government Accountability Office has released draft guidance for Cybersecurity policy for agencies and contractors. The review period goes until September 10, 2015.
They included 8 major recommendations:
1. US government coordination
2. US. government participation in cybersecurity standards development
3. Development of timely and technically sound standards and assessment
4. Government and commercial collaboration in standards development
5. Improving international coordination and information sharing
6. Support and expanding standards training for federal agency staff
7. Developing cybersecurity standards that minimize privacy risk
8. Using relevant international standards where possible
NIST Special Publication 800-37, …
While some of the Agile community tries to squelch estimates (search#noestimates for examples) estimates are a key part of both management / customer decisions and developers solutions. In this briefing Galorath's Bob Hunt discusses the 4 processes that can be useful for estimating Agile Systems:
Process 1: Simple Build-up approach based on averages can be defined as: • Sprint Team Size (SS) x Sprint length (Sp time) x Number of Sprints (# Sprints)
Process 2: Structured approach based on established “velocity” – most often used internally by the developer since detailed/sensitive data are available to them •
Process 3: …
I am a huge fan of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Karl Richards' Blog "Going Agile? Stick With The Fundamentals" was a refreshing read. When people say if you are Agile you no longer need to estimate, I always cringe.
I was recently at a meeting with some very savvy Agile people and a cost group that was trying to make sense of what they were doing and how to get informed management decisions in the loop.
I was talking about the need to give management a viable range of cost and schedule up …