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Automated Software Estimates

Software estimation is a topic of considerable discussion and frustration in many circles.  Managers want/need to know how much it will cost and how long it will take to build/deliver.  Developers typically push back on providing estimates because they are often mishandled. ScopeMaster was conceived as a tool to perform automated functional size estimates of software.  The [...]

More Effective PMO Stage Gates

Introduction to Stage Gates A stage gates process (also known as phase gate) is a common control mechanism associated with IT projects in corporate IT departments.  A series of conceptual checklists are defined, such that unless all of the component activities have taken place, the project may not be allowed to proceed to the next stage.  Also [...]

Better User Stories in Half a Day

Learn how to write better user stories with Dr Simon Wright, and get 30 days free access to ScopeMaster for £95. Book now - Just £95 What you will learn What is a User Story? The role of User Stories in Agile software development Components and structure of a good User Story Common misunderstandings from User [...]

BDD – to the next level

Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) enhanced with ScopeMaster An overview of BDD BDD is a development methodology (and tooling) designed to improve the communication between business and software technical community, in particular it addresses the challenge of simplifying scenario testing. The foundation behind BDD is the Gherkin feature file. The feature file has a predefined structure and [...]

Reward From Early Delivery

When considering the cost of software delay, or equivalently, the value of early delivery, you need to revert to the business case.   If the software gives the organisation a first-mover competitive advantage in a market place, this will come with considerable rewards.  If a delay means being second rather than first to market, then being [...]

10 Defects an hour, found and fixed!

(150/16 , nearly 10) It's a real delight to see a genuine testimonial from a highly experienced IT professional such as Lonnie. Extract from a discussion on LinkedIn that can be found here     I wrote my first commercial program in 1968 and have worked in software engineering and software engineering management most of the time [...]

Automated Function Points

Most of what has been written about automated function point analysis is based on the premise that the code has already been written; the automation examines the code to derive the size.    Now there automated Function Points size can be derived from the requirements also. The Object Management Group established a method for automated function point [...]

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