Michael Mah’s Excited…

 Posted by on Nov 14, 2007  Add comments
Nov 142007

…because I just finished a walkthrough with Anne Mullaney on a special Cutter webinar that we’re running Thu Nov 15th at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm entitled, “Compared to What? A Look at Application Development Metrics”.

I was thrilled at the preview of the webinar look and feel.  We’re going to feature highlights of IT industry observations being published in our newly released “Cutter Benchmark Almanac, Application Development Series 2007-2008.” This research report is the result of an exciting collaboration between Cutter and QSM, combining QSM’s leading edge research on the software industry PLUS analysis by Cutter authors on topics like agile methods, risk management, software testing, outsourcing, and project estimation. These authors include [yours truly] as well as Tom DeMarco, Tim Lister, Elli Bennatan, Jim Highsmith, and others.

What’s especially exciting for me is the blending of these minds in this report. It’s been one of my deepest privileges to be working with Larry Putnam Sr. as part of my bfing on the QSM team. Writing on topics like Agile Methods, Outsourcing, Benchmarking, and being part of the Cutter team has also been a highlight of my career. This Almanac report is like the blending of two great flavors – QSM and Cutter… not unlike a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. (Chocolate in your peanut butter, or peanut butter in your chocolate 🙂

Join us tomorrow at 11:30am. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Cheers, Michael

P.S. If you can’t make this event, I have another webinar the next day on “Agile Productivity Findings at 5 Companies”, which is being hosted by CAI and the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute. See the writeup I’ve posted here on my blog.


Compared to What? A Look at Application Development Metrics – with Michael Mah

How much will your next software development project cost? How does that stack up to what organizations of similar size spend? How should you staff that project? What level of reliability should you expect? Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Michael Mah along with his colleagues at QSM, Inc., has analyzed more than 500 IT projects in 16 countries across 16 industries in order to understand:

The required tradeoffs for achieving schedule compression
The duration, effort, and staffing levels of typical projects
The relationship between programming language, system size, software reuse, and productivity
Long term trend in the software industry
Best-in-class/worst in class performers
Discover the story the data tells, and how you can apply this knowledge to improve your organization’s software development effectiveness, in this hour-long interactive webinar. Come prepared to answer poll questions such as:

What is the duration of your typical project?
How many staff months are required for a typical project?
What is the average number of defects found from integration to delivery?
You may be surprised when you realize how your organization compares to those projects included in QSM’s research. It’s this comparison that’s so telling. You’ll get insight into the question of how your projects behave in the context of the outside world.

Spend an hour with Michael Mah and understand how collecting metrics and benchmarking them against like companies can improve your chances of software development success.

Receive Answers to Your Specific Questions
The last 20 minutes of this webinar are devoted to a live Question & Answer session: Get your questions answered by Cutter Senior Consultant Michael Mah.

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Michael Mah

Michael Mah is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Agile Product & Project Management practice. His specialty is software measurement, project estimation, and "in-flight" control for inhouse and outsourced/offshore development.


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