|[April 16, 2014]
NY Metro vs. Industry: Benchmark Project Contrasts Agile Software Development Practices
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
A study contrasting the Agile (News - Alert) development practices of the New York
metropolitan development community against world-wide results has been
announced by NY
SPIN, the New York Software & Systems Process Improvement Network.
The study, to be conducted by software productivity researchers QSM
Associates in tandem with NY SPIN, will answer several questions
that challenge software development organizations, including:
How do Agile projects compare to waterfall or plan-based projects?
Are local Agile teams more productive than offshore teams, or those
located across multiple locations?
If it is true, as suggested by Agile visionary Kent Beck, that Agile
projects deliver more functionality with fewer defects, why is this
Is the Agile development scene in the New York metro region any
different from other metropolitan regions where this research is under
way (Munich, Germany and Columbus, Ohio), or the world at large?
The industry study will answer these and other questions about the Agile
development practices in the New York metro region, and then
compare-and-contrast the results to the 12,000 completed projects --
both Agile and traditional -- contained in the global SLIM database.
"Metro New York is the center of North America's business world, and one
would expect this region to be leading the way in the use of advanced
programming techniques," said Michael . Mah, managing director of QSM
Associates. "Yet, nobody has compared the effectiveness and other
artifacts of the metro NY development community against SLIM worldwide
projects database, the largest repository of its kind. This will be a
landmark study, for not only the NY software development community but
for Agile followers worldwide."
The study will allow participants to objectively
benchmark their organization's performance to create an initial
productivity baseline; to identify strategic directions and goals; and
to focus their improvement efforts with optimal efficiency.
Richard L. Kuper, President and CEO of NY SPIN said, "Michael Mah, our
most popular speaker, presented results from prior studies to NY SPIN
earlier this season. The idea of having an in-depth analysis of Agile
Software Development Practices in the New York metro region was of great
interest to those in attendance. You could sense the excitement in the
air. Anyone I've mentioned this to since then has expressed interest as
QSM Associates has more than 20 years of experience in helping Fortune
500 companies. The company is an affiliate of QSM, Inc., and uses
state-of-the-art measurement and estimation tools that are part of the
QSM SLIM software lifecycle management suite.
Two free webcasts will be held on Apr. 29 and May 20 (noon EDT) to
provide additional information for prospective participants. Information
on the study and the webcast can be found at http://qsma.com/nyagile/.
About QSM Associates
QSM Associates, Inc. helps organizations measure, plan, estimate and
control software projects. It offers the SLIM (Software Lifecycle
Management) Suite of tools, so managers can benchmark and forecast
Agile, waterfall, in-house, offshore/multi-shore or ERP/package
implementation projects. SLIM contains statistics from a worldwide
database of more than 12,000 completed projects, enabling productivity
benchmarking on the desktop. Using SLIM to dynamically run "virtual
project simulations," companies can model and forecast waterfall and
Agile releases to deliver on time, within budget, with 90% estimation
accuracy. QSM Associates offers consulting, training, and coaching to
help accelerate this capability. Information is available at www.QSMA.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NY SPIN
NY SPIN Inc. (www.nyspin.org)
is a not-for-profit organization. It provides a forum where
practitioners and thought leaders across all types of technology-related
business areas can meet, exchange ideas, network, and learn about
principles and best practices of software and systems process
improvement. Participants in NY SPIN events include professionals from a
cross-section of business sectors. Event participants are empowered to
effect positive process improvement change in their organizations around
software and systems development and management.
QSM and SLIM are registered trademarks of Quantitative Software
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