Software Quality and Developer Productivity: Together Improve Efficiency


Software Quality and Developer Productivity took center stage last week during a software development and productivity event hosted by Leda and CAST.  Findings from two studies showed that application benchmarking is essential to measure software quality and development team productivity.

Merino, CAST’s Solutions Designer explained that, “It is necessary to understand the state of applications, and to base your strategy on that data. In addition, measurement, to be effective, accurate and accepted by others, must be based on standards.” Merino further explained how software measurement and analysis has different objectives, the primary purpose is to make better decisions based on real data; decision that help increase revenues or reduce costs.

Dácil Castelo, Director of the Department of Productivity LEDAmc and Member of the Board of International Function Point User Group (IFPUG) talked about the importance of an end-to-end vision, in both software quality and productivity. “They are not antagonistic, we can manage productivity and improve quality.”

Software measurement professionals review CAST's Application Analytics Dashboard, health metrics and trending

One of the organizations that believes in optimizing development team productivity is Orange Spain. Their concern for reducing application development and maintenance costs while managing application service providers better led them to implement a productivity program.

Another aspect of software measurement and analysis was proposed by Ignacio Lopez, director of the Department of Government of Tests consisting LEDAmc, to help troubled projects that are behind schedule or over-budget.  These large, complex projects struggle for many reasons: poor project planning and initiation, bad project estimates, under resourced. He explained that the issues is that organizations simply don’t know where we are in the project or know how much work is left to be done.

The event ended with a presentation from Ton Dekkers, president of NESMA (Netherlands Software Metrics Users Association). NESMA currently is conducting two initiatives: Basis of Estimate aims to bring estimation models IT engineering standards, and Mini Guides containing advice on implementing IT governance in productivity, test management, and vendor management, etc.

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Aditya Kumar Singh
Aditya Kumar Singh Marketing Manager at CAST Software Ltd
Experienced Worldwide Marketing Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Market Research, Sales Enablement, Product Marketing, Content Management, and Field Marketing. Recognized marketing professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication focused in Mass Communication.
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