What should I do if I need to send someone a project but I have a more recent version of SEER-SEM?

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Use the Export Commands feature to generate a server mode script which can be used to recreate the project in earlier versions of SEER-SEM. How to use Export Commands In SEER-SEM, go to the Tools menu and select Export Commands. In the Export Commands dialog box, make the following selections: For the Work Element option, … Continue reading What should I do if I need to send someone a project but I have a more recent version of SEER-SEM?

Agile Life Cycle Support in SEER

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While Agile is a methodology, not a specific life cycle, it does suggests certain kinds. Let’s start with a notion of what Agile at its core represents. From the Wikipedia article: Some of the principles behind the Agile Manifesto are: Customer satisfaction by rapid, continuous delivery of useful software Working software is delivered frequently (weeks … Continue reading Agile Life Cycle Support in SEER

De Re Productivity, the “Requirements Effort After Baseline” Parameter, and Staffing Constraints

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For SEER-SEM users accustomed to examining the Productivity metric, you may be interested to know that when staffing constraints are in place, productivity will change, and in differing ways, when requirements effort after baseline is specified, i.e., the parameter is set to YES. Without staffing constraints, productivity will not change with or without requirements effort … Continue reading De Re Productivity, the “Requirements Effort After Baseline” Parameter, and Staffing Constraints

How SEER for Software is Calibrated

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Recently this question was asked: How often is the existing vendor knowledge base refreshed with industry standard data and how is this accomplished? For which we provided a very public answer, published in Crosstalk, April 2005.  I am copying the relevant portion of that article (http://www.stsc.hill.af.mil/crosstalk/2005/04/0504Fischman.html) here, because the question comes up so often. Calibrating … Continue reading How SEER for Software is Calibrated

Calibrating COTS Estimates

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The COTS estimation capability in SEER-SEM offers three options for sizing: Quick Size, Features Based, or Objects Based.    You can choose the sizing method you want to use from the Create/Modify dialog.   In addition to choosing the sizing method, there are ways to calibrate the COTS size estimate, explained after the jump. Add to the … Continue reading Calibrating COTS Estimates