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 …
Galorath Incorporated CEO Dan Galorath discusses modernization and how it can be risky and substantially misestimated, how approaches can reduce cost and risk, and how open source, Agile, Cloud & other technologies can help, but do not come without a cost. Read more to learn how to run a successful project and mitigate project failure.
Galorath Incorporated to provide SEER® products and consulting services to BHP Billiton Potash Project
Contact: Tonya Weger
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2017
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Galorath Incorporated, which offers the comprehensive SEER® product line of predictive analytics for program and project estimation as well as a range of professional consulting services, has been selected by BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company, to guide and assist in its software and IT infrastructure estimation and planning process for the Jansen Potash Project in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Galorath is to implement both SEER for Information Technology and SEER …
This is a guest blog by Dan Kennedy, director of services at Galorath, responsible for helping Aerospace and Aeronautical sector companies get to a more effective, efficient and competitive position.Winning, Performing, and Profiting “If your company is not being challenged in at least one of these areas, then you are either extraordinarily lucky, or in for a huge surprise.”
Our upcoming webinar will show you how the SEER approach can help you streamline Supply Chain Management and reveal Should-Cost insights that can boost your profit.
On April 26, I will be hosting the webinar: “Winning, Performing, and Profiting.” In …
In this blog, I would like to tell you about the International Software Benchmarking Standards Group, the ISBSG, or as some people say: Icebags. Not completely accurate, but much easier to say than ISBSG.
Icebags is an international not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve decision making in the industry by collecting data of completed software projects and maintenance & support. The members are international software metrics associations, like for instance IFPUG, Nesma, FiSMA and GUFPI-Isma. Also, a couple of companies are gold partners, like Galorath. Galorath supports this …
I always enjoy the writings of Capers Jones and was pleasantly surprised to see an article in Crosstalk Magazine (which I was also surprised was still published... I recommend it) listing the laws of software engineering. Many of my heros have laws listed in this fascinating article. Of the set of software productivity laws I published Capers chose one "projects that get behind stay behind" to include in the article.
"Galorath’s Seventh Law: Projects that get behind stay behind.
Dan Galorath has a number of other laws, but this one has poignant truth that
I like Agile development. And I have had many stimulating discussions with Agile people about their perception that estimates are no longer needed with Agile development. In some circumstances I agree.
For root level project management, Agile developers essentially are doing a better job of what software has been trying to do since its inception: getting people to collaborate while meeting small goals and working on the most important problems.Agile Shouldn't Replace Estimation and Commitment On Substantial Programs
But the idea that there is no need to provide stakeholders with viable …
At Galorath we eat, sleep, and dream project success. Most everything is equated to cost, schedule, risk management and measurement. In this regard we have had a number of questions about WordPress and its uses, cost and risk. This blog introduces the topic.WordPress Is A Viable Solution for Websites
As I understand it, WordPress runs about 25% of the world’s websites. And because it is free, the barriers to entry are virtually non-existent.
I have worked with at least seven organizations with some kind of revenue intent …
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. …
What a pleasure it was to attend the ICEAA conference in Atlanta. I had the opportunity to present the attached slide deck, developed by Steven Woodward of Cloud Perspectives and myself, on “cloud costing.”
When someone asks me if cloud is cheaper than on-premise the answer is, "It depends."
It is always interesting to see how many people think cloud is a magic bullet, reducing costs to almost nothing. That is sometimes true. And often cloud costs are as high or higher than on-premise.
Still, there are many reasons to consider cloud such as:
- Quick deployment with SaaS if you