CAST Discusses Software Risk and Measuring Development Productivity in Belgium


In the past decade, it’s become even more obvious that reducing software risk has one of the strongest correlations to cost and overall impact on the value of all applications. That is why last month we organized a CIO conference with our partners Steria in Belgium focused on software risk and productivity management. The objective of the conference was to identify a roadmap for efficient software risk and productivity management practices to better control cost, minimize risks, and increase the value of enterprise applications.

Don’t miss out on our videos from the conference exploring reducing business risks and improving productivity.

Many challenges that CIO are facing in general are related to productivity or quality, whether it concerns technology, ecosystem, business or people. Olivier Morbe presented what BCG observes with their customers, and how quality balanced productivity measurement is a key enabler for any CIO roadmap.

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Bill Curtis, CAST’s Chief Scientist, noted that productivity measurement is used for improvement, benchmark, estimation, and vendor management purposes. Traditional productivity measurement is unreliable and inconsistent because it doesn’t take into account the technical debt that naturally grows overtime when nothing is done. The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) and Object Management Group (OMG) help CIOs rethink the way they measure productivity and add technical debt reversal into their equation.

During the conference an executive round table between 6 CIOs from different verticals (Bank, ISV, utilities, business services, automotive and SI) had a lively discussion between the panel and the audience on 3 major themes:

- How to use technical debt for business and outsourcing decisions. - How quality and productivity measurement helps improve the way we develop software. - What are the key steps to measuring development productivity?

As the conference drew to a close, the CIO from Solvay presented how measurement is important to answer CEO and business requirements, control risk, and manage vendors. The Software Director presented how CAST enabled him to open the blackbox of software quality and help dialoguing with the business in presenting needs for TD corrections in a way that business understands (business costs and risks).

Please view the videos from the conference here!

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