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The Government Accountability Office has released draft guidance for Cybersecurity policy for agencies and contractors.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 …
Ah, the Programs Included in Size parameter – so often overlooked and so important! Unless you are certain that the WBS element you are modeling is one program only, this parameter deserves a close look, as it is likely to have a very significant effect on your estimate. Programs Included In Size is intended to help you model multiple independent programs in a single WBS line. It assumes that each program included in size is independent and can be done in parallel with others.
The Programs Included in Size parameter is located near the top of the Parameter View, just …