Daniel Galorath, President and CEO. For over 30 years, Daniel D. Galorath has been solving management, costing, systems and software problems for both information technology and embedded systems. One of Dan’s strengths is reorganizing troubled software projects, assessing progress applying methodology and plans for completion and estimated cost to complete. Dan’s company, Galorath Incorporated, develops the SEER™ applications for software, hardware, electronics & systems, IT and manufacturing cost, schedule, risk analysis and management decision support. He is one of the principal developers of the SEER-SEM™ software evaluation model. Dan’s book, Software Sizing, Estimation, and Risk Management was published in 2006. Follow Dan’s blog at BLOG.
Brian Glauser, VP, Business Development. Mr. Glauser has over 25 years of experience in technical software sales and management. Prior to joining Galorath, he was Director of Sales and Marketing for Cognition Corp., makers of high end engineering analysis and cost management software. During his sixteen-year tenure with Cognition, he helped grow and guide the company into several new markets, commercial as well as aerospace and defense. Mr. Glauser also spent six years as the Manager, Corporate CAD/CAM Administration and Engineering Computing Services for Applied Materials, Inc. where he was responsible for the selecting, implementing and managing corporate CAD/CAM systems and engineering computing systems. Mr. Glauser has degrees in Computer Science and Management from Temple University, DeAnza College, and St. Mary’s University, and he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1975-1978.
Karen McRitchie, VP of Development. Ms. McRitchie is responsible for the design, development, implementation and validation of the parametric estimation relationships found in the SEER™ estimation product line. In addition to existing SEER™ products, Ms. McRitchie oversees the development and implementation of new products and serves as principle investigator for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects. Ms. McRitchie has participated in numerous estimation, data collection, and calibration efforts and has trained hundreds of cost analysts in the use, application, and calibration of SEER-SEM™ and SEER-H™. She has been active in the International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA) for over a decade. She was awarded best paper at the 1993 conference, and in 2002, ISPA honored her with the Parametrician of the Year award. Ms. McRitchie earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and System Science at UCLA. Her master’s work is in Mathematics at California State University, Northridge.
10 Step Paper
The 10-step process presented in this paper provides a complete method for developing estimates and plans.
Applying Earned Value Management to Software Intensive Programs
Often, traditional earned value approaches do not deal sufficiently with the idiosyncrasies of software intensive programs. However, successful management of software intensive programs can be achieved by focusing on establishing the requirements, developing a reliable baseline estimate for cost and schedule, selecting effective software metrics, applying Performance-Based Earned Value® (PBEV), and using analytic processes to project cost and schedule based on actual performance.
Software Total Ownership Costs: Development Is Only Job One
Planning software development projects is never an easy undertaking. Issues such as customer and competitive requirements, time-to-market, architectural and quality considerations, staffing levels and expertise, potential risks, and many other factors must be carefully weighed and considered. Software development costs only comprise a portion – often the smaller portion – of the total cost of software ownership. However, the development process itself has a significant impact on total cost of ownership as tradeoffs are evaluated and compromises made that impact sustainability and maintainability of software over time.
Implementing an Estimating Process
Determining the size of system functionality and measuring the performance of project teams is the basis of successful projects.
Most people involved in IT projects have had to face challenges on meeting budgets, schedule, functionality and quality. Research (e.g., CHAOS Standish Report) shows that projects have difficulties meeting expectations. The organization expects delivery of software that is working according to the defined requirements, is available at the agreed upon time, is within the stated budget and is of good quality. Meeting these expectations is not only important to the senior management, but also in particular for the business goals (time‐to‐market, achieving efficiency improvement) and satisfying the customers expectations (services and products are available at the agreed moment).
Function Point Analysis
Function Point Analysis is measuring the size of the user functions (BFC’s) of the software of the application or a part of it. The user functions are the components requested and recognized by the user. These components are retrieved from the specifications that describe what the software should do to fulfill users needs (FUR’s). It’s about the functionality the software should provide, not how it will be implemented. The size of a user function is determined based on complexity.
Cosmic Functional Size Measurement Method
Function Point Analysis (FPA) is one of the most widely used methods to determine the size of software projects. FPA originated at a time when only a mainframe environment was available. Sizing of specifications was typically based on functional decomposition and modeled data. Nowadays, development methods like Object Oriented, Component Based and RAD are applied more often. There is also more attention on architecture and the use of client server and multi tier environments. Another development is the growth in complexity caused by more integrated applications, real time applications and embedded systems and combinations. FPA was not designed to cope with these various newer development approaches.
Implementing a Metrics Program: MOUSE will Help You
Just like an information system, a method, a technique, a tool or an approach is supporting the achievement of an objective. Following this line of thought, implementing a method, a technique and so on, should in many ways be comparable to the development of an information system.
SEER for Software
A Case for Software Estimation
Receive Better Estimates and Achieve CMM Compliance
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Moving Satellite Communications Program to Next Level
Improve Software Cost Estimating
SEER for Hardware, Electronics & Systems
SEER for Manufacturing
Philips Healthcare’s First Year of SEER Use Saves 1.5 Million Euros
Implementing a Process and Estimation Tool to Ensure Engineers Are Prepared
SEER Reduces Time to Calculate Cost by 75 Percent
Saving an Estimated $1.2 Billion with a Design-to-Cost Methodology
Grab the Winning Edge with an Estimation Tool
Manufacturer Saves 300 Person-Days Annually, Generates Answers it Can Trust