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

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9780133562675: Improving Software Development Productivity: Effective Leadership and Quantitative Methods in Software Management

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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Successful software development is people-centered: high productivity requires a relentless focus on people, motivation, and communication. In Improving Software Productivity, legendary software engineering expert Dr. Randall Jensen introduces a proven quantitative approach to achieving this focus - through management support, the ability to communicate, and technology. Jensen demonstrates how to measure organizational capacity and productivity, and use that information to build more accurate estimates and schedules -- and, more broadly, to improve many facets of developer and team performance.

Jensen provides tools that development managers can use to quantitatively predict the productivity impact of management decisions related to personnel and management style, development environment, product constraints, technology, development systems, and more. Using his tools, managers can more effectively transition from traditional to agile development styles and environments. Total quality management concepts are threaded throughout Jensen's text, and he presents widely applicable case studies based on actual productivity initiatives.

This book's tools, based on the widely-used Jensen II Software Development Model (Seer), provide a sound basis for software development cost and schedule estimation. Jensen clearly describes the process of formulating accurate estimates with them, explaining each model parameter in detail. He discusses the theory behind estimation models, offering practical examples that promote both understanding and effective usage. The concepts he establishes established apply equally well to many widely-used estimating tools, including Sage, REVIC, COCOMO II, and SEER-SEM.

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“Most progressive organizations strive to increase their overall performance by inserting either advanced technologies or tight processes. What tends to be missed is the enlightened leader that can motivate and build an environment that leverages the technology and processes introduced. Some processes and technologies allow excellent teams to excel, and some processes and technologies prevent the mediocre from failing. It is the enlightened leader who can tell which approach is required and then build an environment that maximizes a team’s performance. This book incorporates that ability into the discussion and effectively includes it in the quantitative process in assessing the organization’s productivity potential.”

—Gregory H. Mikkelsen, Integrated Defense Systems, Raytheon

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