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WCA Chapter Virtual Luncheon: Measure It, and They Will Come…

December 5, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Washington Capital Area Chapter December Virtual Luncheon:
Measure It, and They Will Come: Keys to Developing a Successful Software Measuring Program

PRESENTED BY: Dan French and Carol Dekkers
TIME: Tuesday, December 5th | 12:00 to 1:00pm eastern
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Despite the pervasiveness of software development in all areas of industry today, few organizations develop and implement effective software measurement programs to manage their software development projects and leverage information necessary to make business decisions. This presentation discusses reasons why this is, addresses myths and misconceptions regarding software metrics programs, and how to develop an effective program, as well as which software metrics to develop to provide the greatest value.

This briefing was originally presented at the ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop.

Dan French has 20 of experience in a variety of IT roles including analyst, developer, tester, project management, software metrics and software estimation. He has developed CMMi and ISO compliant process improvement and software estimation processes. Dan holds a B.S. in Economics from Virginia Tech and holds certification as a Lifetime CFPS, PMP and CSM. He recently served as the Certification Director on the IPFUG Board of Directors and is currently the chair. Previously he served as the Chair of the Functional Software Sizing Committee (FSSC). He’s authored numerous white papers/presentations on software metrics, Agile, and estimation.

Carol Dekkers is a management consultant and president of Quality Plus Technologies, specializing in workings with organizations who want to keep their promises to their clients through realistic, data-founded estimates. In 2022, she was named the ICEAA 2022 Educator of the Year for her work as the lead author for the Software Cost Estimating Body of Knowledge (CEBoK-S). In 2023, Ms. Dekkers was elected to the ICEAA board of directors. She holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and is an IFPUG Certified Function Point Specialist (Fellow), a PMP, Certified Scrum Master and a P.Eng. (Canada). Ms. Dekkers has authored several textbooks on functional size measurement (function Points) and project management and is a frequent presenter and instructor on these topics internationally. She currently consults under contract to several U.S. federal government agencies and to the private sector. In Feb 2023, Ms. Dekkers was named one of Consulting Magazine’s 2023 Global Leaders in Consulting for her leadership in pro bono for her contributions to the IFPUG, ASQ, PMI, and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).