SEER for Software (SEER-SEM)
Plan, Analyse and Manage Complex Software
Software projects are notoriously difficult to predict
and control. In fact, major industry studies have documented project failure
rates as high as 60%. SEER for Software enables organisations to streamline
project processes and improve project performance throughout the software
Project Planning Software - Understand project
scope and complexity and develop detailed project plans more quickly and
accurately, helping with software estimation.
Project Cost Management Software - Identify key
cost drivers and test trade-offs much earlier in the software development
Project Tracking Software - Monitor project
progress and determine what mid-course corrections (if any) are needed to
keep the project on track.
SEER for Software has been specifically designed to work with the
Point WORKBENCH™ in order to
share relevant sizing data to aid in the production of software project
Thousands of government and commercial users worldwide
currently depend on SEER for Software to improve software project
performance and deliver software projects on time and on target.
SEER for Software is built on the same design
principles used in all SEER products, incorporating the following application elements:
An intuitive interface for defining and describing
projects. Users can generate a new project from an existing project
“template” or by adding and defining individual work elements. A series of
pop-up windows and annotations guide users through the process of defining
project scope, complexity, and technologies.
Sophisticated sector-specific mathematical models
derived from extensive project histories, behavioural models, and metrics.
SEER Knowledge Bases serve as a virtual “in-house
expert”, providing default project definitions, values, ranges, and
calibrations based on comparable project histories. Enables users to develop
first-look estimates when very little information is known, and to refine
those estimates as details become available.
A variety of charts, graphs, and reports for quickly
summarizing and presenting project outcomes and alternatives as well as
Open architecture and APIs ensure that SEER
applications can be easily integrated with departmental productivity
solutions and enterprise applications.
A high-level SEER software estimation can be developed
in a matter of minutes. Simply define a software development project by
platform, application, development methodology, and governing standards, for
example, and SEER will provide a set of default parameter values and a rough
estimate based on project histories which most closely match your
definition. Where greater precision is necessary, projects can be defined in
greater detail and specific parameter values can be adjusted.
SEER for Software evaluates software parameters not as
isolated factors, but as interdependent variables spanning project
objectives and constraints, work products, and lifecycle.
As Software size is the single most significant driver
of development cost, effort, and schedule, SEER for Software provides a
number of sizing options and applications (e.g., Software Lines of Code,
Function Points, and Use Cases), as well as embedded sizing “wizards” to
assist in size calculations. Enter or refine best case, worst case, and
most-likely case values for additional project variables, including:
As parameter values are entered or changed, SEER for
Software updates the cost and effort estimates, in real-time, to determine
how these changes are likely to impact a project’s ultimate outcome. The
results of these analyses can be documented and shared using SEER’s rich
reporting capabilities, as well as exported to Microsoft Project, Microsoft
Office, IBM Rational, and numerous other 3rd-party applications.
SEER for Software goes beyond what traditional project
planning software, project tracking software, and cost management software
applications can provide, enabling organizations to streamline, automate,
and optimize project planning processes.
Contact CHARISMATEK to find out more about
SEER for Software.