Product Update Improves Planning and Risk Management for Agile Projects
MCLEAN, VA, October 25, 2019 – Quantitative Software Management, Inc. (QSM), is pleased to announce the release of SLIM Suite 10.2, the latest version of QSM’s flagship software estimation program that allows enterprises to estimate cost, time, and effort requirements for software and systems projects to better predict outcomes.
The newest release is designed for better planning for agile projects. The tools now feature increment lines, such as Sprint and Program Increment lines, for agile project estimates in SLIM-Estimate, as well as for tracking and forecasting in SLIM-Control. The tools calculate the number of fixed duration sprints required to complete a project and allow the user to recalculate based on scope, staffing, and productivity assumptions. They determine cost and effort between increments, allowing users to effectively plan resources and capacity, as well as analyze trade-offs.
Quadrant charts, which had previously been available in SLIM-MasterPlan and SLIM-Collaborate, are now available in SLIM-Estimate and SLIM-Metrics. These powerful visualizations allow users to analyze an estimate’s risk due to trend variance and to analyze trend variance among groups of projects for selected core metrics.
“Business stakeholders need insight early in the project planning process to effectively mitigate risk, even with agile projects,” said Larry Putnam, Jr., Co-CEO for QSM. “SLIM-Suite 10.2 makes it easier than ever to visualize the risk/benefit trade-offs of business decisions and delegate resources no matter what development process you’re using.”
Michael Mah, Managing Partner of QSM Associates added, “The ability to communicate at the C-Suite level on an organization’s own Agile Trends and building their own performance baselines are unique to the SLIM technologies. This enables senior leadership to visualize their own organization’s performance against industry peer groups. From this, multi-million dollar impacts and key go/no-go decisions can be understood and optimized.”
SLIM-Suite utilizes data derived from the QSM Metrics Database, drawing from over 13,000 completed software projects from North and South America, Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
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About Quantitative Software Management, Inc. (QSM)
Founded in 1978 by one of the pioneers of software measurement, Larry Putnam, Sr., QSM offers estimation products and consulting that enable federal and commercial clients to estimate, track and benchmark projects. QSM tools and methods help software and systems analysts negotiate achievable goals, set realistic expectations, and communicate more effectively with management and customers. QSM offers the SLIM (Software Lifecycle Management) Suite of tools, which contains metrics from a worldwide database of more than 13,000 completed projects, enabling productivity benchmarking on the desktop. Using SLIM to dynamically run ‘virtual project simulations,’ companies can model and forecast project releases to deliver on time, within budget with > 90% estimation accuracy. Visit us at www.qsm.com.