Improving Software Development Productivity: Effective Leadership and Quantitative Methods in Software Management

Improving Software Development Productivity: Effective Leadership and Quantitative Methods in Software Management

By: W.Jensen Randall (author)Hardback

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Superior software productivity requires a relentless focus on people, motivation, and communication. In Improving Software Development Productivity, world-renowned software engineering expert Dr. Randall W. Jensen introduces a proven, quantitative approach to achieving this focus. Jensen helps you measure your organization's capacity and productivity, and then use that information to improve multiple facets of developer and team performance, and to build more accurate estimates and schedules. Focusing on management as the principal cost and schedule driver in software projects, he demonstrates a powerful tool based on his Jensen II (Seer) model: the model that underlies many leading software estimation tools. Through real case studies, you'll learn how to predict the productivity impact of any major management decision, and quantitatively support a transition to "extreme" or "agile" software development environments. For decades, Jensen has been the industry's go-to expert on improving software project productivity. This book distills his insights and gives you the tools and knowledge to apply them. This book will help you * Recognize the centrality of communication and culture, and translate this awareness into quantitative improvements* Predict the impact of changes in personnel, management style, development environments, product constraints, and technologies* Optimize decision making throughout a project's lifecycle, and avoid counterproductive changes* Understand modern estimating models and parameters, so you can apply them more effectively* Formulate more accurate and useful estimates with leading tools such as Sage, REVIC, COCOMO II, and SEER-SEM* Maintain firmer control over costs and timeframes in agile or extreme project environments Register your book for access to the Capability Calculator, a Microsoft Excel tool created by the author and based on the Jensen II (Seer) model. Go to informit.com/title/9780133562675.

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About Author

Randall W. Jensen, Ph.D., started his career working to improve software productivity at Hughes Aircraft Company's Space and Communications Group where he developed a pioneering computer model for estimating cost and schedule for any large project, measuring organization capability and quantitatively predicting the productivity impact of management decisions. In 1979, Jensen and Charles Tonies illuminated key software productivity attributes in their book, Software Engineering. Throughout his career Jensen continues his research on productivity leading to his improved computer-based estimating model, which is still used today.

Contents

Preface xv About the Author xiii Chapter 1: Software Development Issues 1 1.1 Software Crisis 2 1.2 People Impact on Productivity 9 1.3 Agile Contributions to Development Productivity 13 1.4 Magic Bullets 15 1.5 Development Constraints 16 Chapter 2: The Effectiveness 17 2.2 Mechanics of Communication 19 2.3 Culture Issues 31 Chapter 3: Importance of Software Management 41 3.1 Historical Perspective 42 3.2 Hawthorne Effect 45 3.3 Theory X/Theory Y 47 3.4 Agile Software Development 50 3.5 More Real Productivity Improvers 51 Chapter 4: What We Learn from History 57 4.1 Pandora and the Magic Vase 58 4.2 Productivity Gains from Technology 59 4.3 CMMI 63 4.4 Maximum/Minimum Schedule Is Real 66 4.5 And So ... 68 Chapter 5: Software Development Teams 71 5.1 Software Development Teams 72 5.2 Team Examples 73 5.3 Team Positive Effects 86 5.4 Team Size 88 5.5 And Then ... 91 Chapter 6: Measuring Organization Capability 93 6.1 The Evolving Concept of Developer Capability 95 6.2 The Effectiveness Formula Redux 98 6.3 Organization Capability Rating 116 6.4 Basic Technology Constant 120 Chapter 7: Faultless Software Corporation Case Study 125 7.1 The Problem 125 7.2 Faultless Software, the Corporation 126 7.3 The Software Components 128 7.4 Faultless Software Capability Ratings 130 Chapter 8: Product Complexity 137 8.1 A Quantitative Complexity Value 138 8.2 Faultless Software Complexity Example 143 Chapter 9: Staffing Profiles 147 9.1 Effective Use of People 147 9.2 Brooks' Law in Action 154 9.3 A Touch of Reality 156 Chapter 10: Seer Software Model Introduction 159 10.1 Introduction 160 10.2 Software Equation 163 10.3 Schedule and Cost Estimates 169 Chapter 11: Development Environment 173 11.1 Experience Factors 174 11.2 Volatility Factors 182 11.3 Management Factors 183 Chapter 12: Product Characteristics 189 12.1 Product Characteristics Evaluation 190 12.2 Effective Technology Constant 200 12.3 Basic Technology Constant Projection 201 Chapter 13: Development Schedule and Cost Estimates 205 13.1 Waterfall Development Model 206 13.2 Faultless Software Case Study 208 13.3 Summary 225 Chapter 14: Effective Size Estimation 227 14.1 Source Code Elements 228 14.2 Size Uncertainty 231 14.3 Source Line of Code (SLOC) 233 14.4 Effective Source Lines of Code (ESLOC) 235 14.5 Effective Size Equation 238 14.6 Size Growth 241 14.7 Size Risk 248 14.8 Faultless Software Size Example 249 Chapter 15: Function Point Sizing 253 15.1 Function Point Counting 254 15.2 Function Point Components 254 15.3 Unadjusted Function Point Counting 264 15.4 Adjusted Function Points 265 15.5 Backfiring 268 15.6 Function Points and Objects 270 15.7 Zero Function Point Problem 271 Chapter 16: Maintenance Estimating 273 16.1 Introduction 273 16.2 Software Enhancement 275 16.3 Knowledge Retention 276 16.4 Steady-State Maintenance Effort 277 16.5 Maintenance Example 277 Chapter 17: Summary 279 17.1 The Effectiveness Formula Revisited 279 17.2 People-Process-Project Triad 281 17.3 The Value of Communication 283 17.4 Management and Motivation 285 17.5 Teams 287 17.6 Last Thoughts 290 Appendix A: Software Estimating Models 293 A.1 Analogy Models 294 A.2 Expert Judgment Models 295 A.3 Bottom-Up Estimating 297 A.4 Parametric Models 298 A.5 Evolution of Parametric Software Models 299 Appendix B: Additional Reading 307 Appendix C: Terminology 313 Index 327

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/08/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780133562675
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780133562675
  • weight: 720
  • ISBN10: 0133562670

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