PITTSFIELD, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Michael C. Mah, Managing Partner of QSM Associates, has been named keynote a speaker for the 31st annual Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, Oct. 14-16 in Portland, Oregon. Opening the program on Tuesday, Oct. 15, Mah will address the audience about the latest findings in QSM’s decades-long research into Agile’s impact on software quality and development productivity.
“Some of the best teams, whether Agile or more traditional, are finding significant quality implications that are literally redefining the economics of software. Others are not.”
Industry research from QSM Associates reveals varying degrees of success in improving software delivery (i.e., on time, within budget, and high quality). “Some of the best teams, whether Agile or more traditional, are finding significant quality implications that are literally redefining the economics of software. Others are not.”
Mah’s keynote address, “When Agile Becomes a Quality Game Changer; What Data Says from Recent Agile Benchmark Research,” draws from his expert interpretation of data from 12,000 completed software projects of all kinds, across all industries and all environments. His presentation covers the best practices of successful teams, including factors can make a meaningful difference.
“With Agile now becoming mainstream, interest on the latest trends is escalating. And, the topic of ‘clean code’ – as well as high-value code-- is making its way into the foreground,” Mah says, in reference to software that is poorly written but can nonetheless function. His research reveals software development patterns, and discusses the impact of these trends on testing and other pre-release activity.
With the latest industry analysis of velocity, burndown, and quality data, Mah discusses productivity, time-to-market, quality, and cost patterns as the Agile community matures, and compares Agile to other development approaches. Serving as a comparison framework is the QSM SLIM industry database, with more than 12,000 completed projects (waterfall, Agile, offshore, onshore) collected worldwide.
QSM Associates is an affiliate of QSM, Inc., the creator of the SLIM® suite of models for software release planning, measurement, and estimation.
As managing partner at QSM Associates Inc., Michael Mah teaches, writes, and consults to technology companies on measuring, estimating and managing software projects, whether in-house, offshore, waterfall, or agile. He is the director of the Benchmarking Practice at the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-based IT think-tank, and served as past editor of the IT Metrics Strategies publication.
With more than 25 years of experience, Michael and his partners at QSM have derived productivity patterns for thousands of projects collected in its worldwide database across engineering and business applications. His work examines time-pressure dynamics of teams, and its role in project success and failure.
The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) was founded in 1982 as a non-profit Oregon corporation with the mission of enabling knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. Registration and other information at http://www.pnsqc.org/2013-software-quality-conference/conference-at-a-glance-2/.
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