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Munich vs. Columbus: QSM Associates to Announce Results of Agile Development Throwdown

In an international expansion of its Agile benchmarking initiative, QSM Associates is set to announce initial results of a comparative study of the Agile development practices in Munich, Germany. To be presented by Michael C. Mah, Managing Director of QSM Associates, and Andrea Gelli, Managing Director of QSM Switzerland in a keynote session at the OOP 2014 conference (Feb. 3-7, in Munich), the study draws contrasts between programming practices in that community and results from a landmark study in Columbus, Ohio.

Under the guidance of QSM Associates and the sponsorship of SIGS Datacomm, organizers of “OOP 2014: Software Meets Business,” the study answer several nagging questions that challenge software development organizations, including:

  • how do Agile projects compare to waterfall or plan-based projects?
  • are Agile teams more productive than offshore teams?
  • if it is true –as suggested by Agile visionary Kent Beck-- that Agile projects deliver more functionality with fewer defects, why is this the case? And,
  • how is the Agile development scene in Munich different from the landmark results in Columbus, or other communities where this research is under way, and the world at large?

QSM’s world-renowned industry-wide benchmarks answer the first three questions; local research from the last 12 months reveals the initial results of the ongoing study for Munich. As the basis for world-wide comparison, Mah’ and Gelli’s presentation will contrast the Munich results with 12,000 completed projects –both Agile and traditional—that are contained in the global SLIM database.

At the OOP 2013 conference, Mah presented the results of the first-ever regional study, from Columbus, Ohio. That project inspired German companies to participate in a QSM-led study of their own, to compare their results against both Columbus and the world at large.

Until now, nobody had compared the effectiveness and other artifacts of the metro Munich development community against the SLIM worldwide projects database, believed to be the largest repository of its kind. The OOP 2014 keynote, on Feb. 6, looks at data patterns for both Munich and Columbus, specifically with regard to time-to-market and quality.

In addition to the keynote presentation and QSM Associates’ exhibit in the OOP 2014 tradeshow, Mah will conduct an all-day workshop on Feb. 7, where attendees will discover how to compare the productivity and quality they achieve through Agile practices with that of traditional waterfall projects. Explaining both Agile and waterfall metrics, the workshop will convey how these metrics impact real projects’ productivity, time-to-market, and defect rates.

QSM Associates is a provider of software tools, executive coaching, and consulting services that enable organizations to estimate, track, and benchmark their software development projects, be they Agile, waterfall, in-house, offshore/multi-shore or ERP/package implementation.

With more than 30 years of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies, QSM Associates uses state-of-the-art measurement and estimation tools that are part of the QSM SLIM software lifecycle management suite.

Since the Columbus and Munich studies were initiated, several other communities worldwide are launching local studies to compare their practices with worldwide experience. The research projects allow participants –by individual company as well as community-wide-- 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.

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 10,000 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. SLIM can also derive ROI achieved by Agile methods and other process improvements. QSM Associates offers consulting, training, and coaching to help accelerate this capability. Information is available at www.QSMA.com or email [email protected].

Michael Mah (Twitter: @MichaelCMah), Managing Partner is also the Benchmark Practice Director at the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-area IT think-tank. Along with Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce.com, QSMA is a Rally Software Strategic Partner.

QSM and SLIM are registered trademarks of Quantitative Software Management, which is headquartered in McLean, VA with partner offices and affiliates throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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