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ScopeMaster Supporting the Canadian Government

PRESS RELEASE Marlow, UK. December 6, 2021 Canadian Treasury Seeks Project Certainty with ScopeMaster The Canadian Treasury Secretariat are working on a large implementation of IBM's Cúram software and they have turned to ScopeMaster® (intelligent requirements analyser) to help improve the quality and sizing of requirements for this project.  Better requirements will reduce potential mistakes and give greater certainty to the rollout of the new government administration and engagement capabilities. The Need for Quality Requirements The project team is working on configuring complex rules in Curam to support social engagement.  These rules must be implemented correctly to avoid mishandling of cases.  Clear, [...]

December 7th, 2021|Categories: Press Releases|

Software IV & V

What is Software IV&V IV & V stands for Independent Validation and Verification. Software IV&V is work carried out by an independent organisation to check on the work of a software project. IV&V is a required stage on large US government software projects. Validation ensures the right software product is built, and verification ensures that it is built correctly. Independent - of the project team, performed by a third party. Validation - assessment to check that the work that is being done matches the goals of the project. Check that the right product is being produced. Verification - assessment to check that the work [...]

November 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Software Measurement – an overview for CIOs

Software work is knowledge work.  It is one of the costliest endeavours undertaken by mankind, with more than 50 million people across the world working in highly paid software roles, and for most of them, their efforts are unmeasured.  Most other forms of human labour have standardised measures of size and productivity.  But with software work, although suitable metrics exist, they are seldom used.  Industry leaders, educators, executives and even governments have so far been relaxed about this phenomenon, but with the increasing importance of software on corporate survival, more transparency and rigour is needed.  Introducing software measurement with COSMIC sizing [...]

October 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Book recommendations

Some of our favourite books on software: Software Measurement and Estimation Applied Software Measurement: Global Analysis of Productivity and Quality, by Capers Jones The Economics of Software Quality by Capers Jones and Olivier Bonsignour Quantifying Software by Capers Jones Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art  by Steve McConnell A Guide to Software Size Measurement (free) by  Charles Symons Software Engineering and coding The Certified Software Quality Engineer Handbook by Linda Westfall Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction by Steve McConnell More Effective Agile by Steve McConnell Requirements Work Software Requirements (Developer Best Practices) by Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty Discovering Real Business Requirements [...]

May 6th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Product Backlog Refinement – Hyperautomated

Product backlog refinement (PBR) is the continuous process of improving the list of (software) work to be done. PBR is the cornerstone to deciding what must be done and in what order. In this article we describe the main activities of product backlog refinement and how they can be accelerated with ScopeMaster®'s intelligent requirements analyser. Product Backlog Refinement Product Backlog Refinement is the regular activity carried by most or all of the team in a meeting with the goal of preparing activities for the upcoming iteration(s). The key activities are: Clarifying user stories, so that the team has a common understanding [...]

April 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog|
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