Successful Software Deployment Strategies

On October 25, DCG Software Value will co-host the webinar “Successful Deployment Strategies – From Software Sizing to Productivity Measurement” with CAST. Presenters, Philippe Guerin from CAST and Mike Harris from DCG Software Value, will examine how effective quality benchmarking and productivity measurement translate into successful transformation initiatives that cost less and de-risk your IT organization.

Philippe Guerin & Mike Harris

As a senior consultant with a broad expertise in all phases of the SDLC, Philippe Guerin has significant experience leading both technology and organizational transformation initiatives in complex global environments, especially around productivity measurement and improvement programs.

Mike Harris, CEO of DCG, has more than 30 years of broad management experience in the IT field, including periods in R&D, development, production, business, and academia. He is an internationally recognized author and speaker on a range of topics related to the Value Visualization of IT and is considered a thought leader in the international software development industry.

Successful Deployment Strategies

Attendees will walk away from this webinar with broadened knowledge around successful deployment processes, including how portfolio visibility can help manage risk, complexity, and architectural quality.

Learn how to introduce proactive measurements to detect structural quality and risk and vendor / ADM team output before transformation, monitor key performance indicators during, and continue to optimize applications by establishing performance improvement and cost reduction goals.

Philippe and Mike will also address how to:

  • Monitor, track, and compare ADM teams’ utilization, delivery efficiency, throughput, and quality of outputs
  • Detect portfolio outliers, compare against competitors, identify improvement opportunities, and track the evolution of size, risk, complexity, and quality
  • Increase management's visibility of risk, quality, and throughput through enhanced Service Level Agreements 

Register Now 

IT leaders across all industries are invited to attend this 30-minute webinar exploring best practices in software sizing and measurement. Register now to join Philippe and Mike on October 25 at 11:00am EST.

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DCG and CAST: Getting Started with Function Points

As we've previously mentioned, we have a series of videos up on our YouTube channel that we’ve created with CAST to explain some of the nuances of automated function point counting.

Watch the video below to hear from Mike Harris, President and CEO of DCG, as he discusses the criteria that you should consider when choosing between manual function point counting (for example, if you're using estimation) and automated function point counting (for example, when you'll be repeatedly counting the same code over a series of releases). He also explains how you can begin to implement an automated function point counting program.

DCG provides both manual and automated counting services, and our automated counting services are carried out via our partnership with CAST.

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Using Automated Function Points in Software ADM Contracts

MikeAs some of our readers may know, DCG has been involved in the development of Automated Function Points (AFPs) for many years – from the early days of experimentation to industry-recognized OMG/CISQ specifications with growing use in a number of beneficial niches. However, as usage is growing, we have received more and more questions from our clients, prospects and partners about contracts and how to incorporate an agreement for the delivery of software development and/or maintenance. 

Of course, it is relatively easy to have a conversation on this topic about what can and can’t be measured with AFPs and what the expectations on both sides of the agreement should be. It is not necessarily easy to move from that conversation to specific contract terms. So, we decided to produce a template of contract terms that can be used to start discussions about what to include on this topic in a broader outsourcing or one-off Master Services Agreement (MSA) or Statement of Work (SoW). 

Our ideas are published on our website here. Our template is not intended to be lifted directly into an agreement “as is,” but rather to form the basis of a discussion between the parties about what they want and need in their agreement. Our template is intended to be inserted into an existing MSA or SoW – we have not attempted to cover all the terms that such a document needs – only those specifically related to AFPs. 

You may disagree with our ideas and we may have missed some things. That said, we’d love to hear from you so that we can build on our idea and continue to update this document over time with newer versions.


Mike Harris
DCG President

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DCG and CAST: Automated Function Point Counting

Automated counting is fairly new, which has some people skeptical about its “accuracy." Given that there is no universally agreed unit of measure for software size (no block of metal in a French standards institute), the real test of a new way to measure is if it has broadly linear proportionality to things we care about (e.g. software project effort), and if they can be measured consistently. So, over the last few years, DCG and CAST have worked together to perfect the algorithms and processes that we use for the automated counting of applications.

Automated counting creates consistency in the counts because once the algorithms are set up and the applications are calibrated, each count will be carried out the same way.

Of course, DCG provides both manual and automated counting services, but our automated counting services are carried out via our partnership with CAST.

Both manual and automated counting techniques can be useful and consistent for sizing software, but there are times when one technique may be better for a particular situation than the other. For instance, if you have a lot of applications to count repeatedly, automated counting may be a more economical choice.

We have a series of videos up on our YouTube channel that we’ve created with CAST to provide a better understanding of automated function point counting, such as where it can be useful and where it cannot be used (e.g. measuring size before source code is available).

Watch the video below to hear from Mike Harris, President and CEO of DCG, as to when automated counting may be preferable over manual counting and what benefits exist in utilizing automated counting techniques with CAST.

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Automated Function Point Counting

David Consulting Group provides both manual and automated Function Point Analysis services. Each technique is useful; however, each one is not always appropriate, given the specific situation.

Automated function point counting is the newer of the two techniques. Our Application Code Quality Center of Excellence utilizes automated counting, which we are able to offer through our partnership with CAST.

But, we realize that a lot of you may have questions about the reliability of automated counting and when you should use automated counting versus manual, etc.

To answer those questions - and more - we've put together a number of informative videos, with the help of CAST.

Below you'll see a playlist of "Function Point Analysis" videos from our YouTube channel, including the videos produced by CAST. If you have any questions about automated counting, these videos are for you.

We'll address these videos in more detail in future posts, but if you have questions that aren't answered by these videos, we're happy to help. Leave a comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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