Dr. Brad Clark is Vice-President of Software Metrics Inc. – a Virginia based consulting company. His area of expertise is in software cost and schedule data collection, analysis and modeling. He also works with clients to setup their own estimation capability for use in planning and managing. He has also helped clients with software cost and schedule feasibility analysis and cost estimation training.
Dr. Clark received his Master’s in Software Engineering in 1995 and Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1997 from the University of Southern California. He is a co-author of the most widely used Software Cost Estimation model in the world, COCOMO II. This model estimates the effort and duration required to complete a software development project
Brad is a former US Navy A-6 Intruder pilot.
Schedule slippage is an unfortunate reality for many large development programs. The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Methodology (SCRAM) provides a framework for identifying and communicating the root causes of schedule slippage and recommendations for going forward to Program and Executive-level management. It is based on a repeatable process that uses a root cause analysis of schedule slippage model to locate factors that impact program schedule along with a “health check” of the documented schedule, assessing its preparation and probability distribution of completion dates. SCRAM can be used at the commencement of a program to validate a proposed schedule and identify potential risks, during program execution as a “health check”, or as a diagnostic tool to identify root causes when schedule slippage occurs. To date, SCRAM has been applied to a number of major development acquisition programs in Australia and the United States. According to one documented report, seventy-eight percent of US Department of Defense Programs have experienced some form of schedule slippage . Schedule slippage is a symptom of any number of problems or causes occurring on a project.
Podcasts / Webinars
The Software Cost Estimation Metrics Manual is now available in an online version. This presentation discusses taking DoD’s Software Resource Data Reports and creating productivity benchmarks and cost / schedule estimating relationships. This latest edition of the manual discusses what…