The SEER for Software (SEER-SEM) product line consists of the SEER for Software Core and extended capabilities which can be licensed individually or bundled within a choice of delivery editions.
Sizing by Comparison is a tool for estimating software size, the single most significant driver of development cost, effort, and schedule. Sizing by Comparison helps the user define software scope through a series of project analogies and/or comparisons to a user’s repository of past projects. In this way users can develop a reliable estimate on a project’s scope even when information is scarce. Sizing can be determined using analogies, pair-wise comparison, or through an array of metrics such as Function Points, Source Lines of Code (SLOC), Function Based Sizing, and Use Cases.
- Identify items to be estimated
- Select reference items which are the best match to the current project; reference items can be entered manually, selected by analogy, or obtained from a repository of past projects.
- Establish the relative size between reference items and the current project.
- Analyze and share reports and charts
Metrics Analysis & Benchmarking enables users to benchmark project estimates and trends in graphical format. Users can filter/narrow project histories to include only the most relevant project pool. From the chosen pool, users can perform regressions; develop, display, save, and share trends; and overlay a current project estimate to see how it compares to historical norms. Metrics Analysis and Trending can be configured to work with numerous datasets and on SQL Server databases.
Independent Crosscheck & Verification is available to organizations that require independent oversight. This option invokes a separate estimation methodology to re-calculate the estimate as a “sanity check” against initial results. Using databases of past software development projects, various statistical techniques and algorithms are employed to develop an “external” software estimate.
Project Monitoring and Control enables users to monitor the health and status of work in progress. Enables users to quickly identify issues and their root causes, and to determine the best corrective actions. Project progress can be described in four dimensions:
- Activity completion (planned vs. actual)
- Expenditures (budgeted vs. actual)
- Size growth (planned vs. actual)
- Defect discovery/removal (predicted vs. actual)
This data is combined to yield an aggregate earned value that is a comprehensive reflection of project progress. Once a project is completed, project data can be used for post-mortem calibration, allowing users to apply actual project experience to future estimates.
Integration to MS Project automatically constructs a complete project plan from any SEER for Software project estimate. Create customized lifecycle templates incorporating company-specific processes and best practices, and tailor allocation of the amount and types of effort estimated into user-defined labor categories. The Integration to MS Project does more than import SEER for Software projects – it offers a deployed estimating solution fully embedded in Microsoft Project, suitable for deploying to project managers who need to generate estimates and plans on their own.
Integration to Oracle Primavera P6 allows you to automatically construct a complete project plan from your SEER for Software project estimate. Users can create custom life cycle templates that build best practices directly into your project plans. Users can also customize labor categories to reflect the way that your organization assigns tasks to departments or labor categories to accurately plan staff allocation for a project. The P6 integration also (for certain template configurations) tracks work in progress and, in conjunction with SEER-SEM’s Parametric Monitoring and Control feature, dynamically updates plans to reflect actual productivity.
Enterprise Shared Database Enables users to save estimates in an open database structure that can be accessed and shared throughout the organization. The open database allows users to save, maintain, and share project estimates throughout the enterprise. SEER-DB also includes features for archiving, version control, and access control of project data as well as the ability to pre and post process the database information for integration with external applications.
Cost IQ Although subject matter experts may invest valuable hours in generating them, estimates based on an early, low-fidelity set of requirements are often inaccurate or inconsistent. Galorath has developed CostIQ to solve this challenge of early stage estimation.