ISMA 14 conference: FASTER…BETTER…CHEAPER… Maximizing Counter Productivity and Expediting Delivery

ISMA 14 conference: FASTER…BETTER…CHEAPER… Maximizing Counter Productivity and Expediting Delivery

Sheila Dennis (Senior Managing Consultant at PREMIOS – formerly DCG Software Value, The Spitfire Group)

 

  • Maximizing counter productivity
  • Lowering counting costs
  • Improving relationships in the function point environment
  • Using local guidelines, tips and shortcuts to expedite the counting process
  • Maximizing return on your counting investment

Everyone seems to be concerned about the ‘cost’ of using function points, whether the costs are generated internally or for external services. Tangible costs are reflected in price, effort, SLA and contract negotiations; as well as intangible “costs” associated with quality and relationships (reliability, consistency, integrity, trust). How can we maximize counter productivity internally and externally, improve vendor-supplier relations in the function point environment, and maximize the return on your counting investment? This session will provide a short presentation of the key points, issues, and solutions. Then the session will switch into open discussion mode to get feedback and an exchange of ideas. All discussion will be captured by the leader for feedback to the rest of the conference and the leader will produce a paper for distribution to the group as a result of the session.

About the speaker:

Sheila Dennis, CFPS, CSP holds a degree from Columbia College in General Studies (Mathematics) and a certification in Management Studies from Golden Gate University. She served for over 20 years in the Dept. of Defense in software development, process development, feasibility studies, and measurement. When retiring in 2004, she was the Director of Process Improvement and Metrics Analysis for the Denver Site. She worked for Gartner Group, Computer Sciences Corporation and eventually joined DCG Software Value as VP and Director of Software Sizing. Currently she is Senior Managing Consultant for PREMIOS (formerly DCG and Spitfire group) where she provides key services in sizing, benchmarking, management support, and staff augmentation. Her career spans international and domestic clients in government, large corporations (e.g. IBM, ATT, AMEX, Michelin) and small businesses. She has taught at many IFPUG conferences, authored numerous industry articles, contributed to three IFPUG measurement books; served as President of the Rocky Mountain Function Point Users Group; and served on the SNAP committee, Membership committee, IT Measurement committee, and is currently on the Certification committee. Sheila holds a degree from Columbia College in General Studies (Mathematics).