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Validating the Design Theory for Scope Management

(Timo Käkölä and Pekka Forselius, ICIS 2015)

Validating the Design Theory for Managing Project Scope during Software Sourcing and Delivery

Most software project estimation and measurement (PEM) processes have been designed for providers. Customers need to leverage PEM to better direct software sourcing. A design theory for software project-scoping has been developed that supports the PEM processes of both customers and providers. This paper probes the validity of the theory from providers’ and customers’ viewpoints through three longitudinal case studies. A software provider used a preliminary version of the theory in dozens of software development projects annually, systematically (1) achieving higher customer satisfaction through better estimation accuracy and (2) improving productivity. Two government organizations used the theory to speed up their software sourcing and reduce their sourcing costs to a half without giving up any functional or quality requirements. Similar results have not been obtained before. Future research is needed to generalize the findings.



Upcoming Events

Next International CSM training in Helsinki

4SUM Partners is hosting a 5 day NorthernSCOPE training event in October 2016. The event will start on Monday 24th and will last till Friday, the 28th. In this training the participants will get all necessary skills a Certified Scope Manager needs, and a certification exam will be held on Friday.

Price: 3950 Eur (+ VAT if applicable)

More information in CSM training brochure .

Registration here

Next CSM Training (Espoo, Finland)

The event will be hosted by our CSM training partner TIVIA, The Finnish Information Processing Association.

The dates for summer 2016 training program are:
September 21 – 22
October 11 – 12
October 21

More information about the training and instructions for registration at TIVIA website.


New ISBSG data repository (R13) has been released

The International Software Benchmarking Standards Group has now released R13 of its New Developments and Enhancements (D&E) repository, containing the project data of 6,760 completed software realization projects. A broad range of project types from many industries and many business areas are available for you to use for estimating, awareness of trends, comparison of platforms and languages or benchmarking. Compared to Release 12 (2012) a total number of 754 projects have been added, 660 of these which were completed in the year 2012 or later. The data in the projects have come from over thirty countries, with 53% of the projects being completed in the last decade.

This repository will be added to Experience® Service later. Keep on reading our news!

The full press release is here.


News archive

Experience®Service is progressing
We are happy to announce that Experience®Service 4.0 is currently under evaluation by over ten international pilot users. After the evaluation, the final product will be launched on March 4, 2013. More news will follow.

Six more Certified Scope Managers in Finland
Congratulations to six new Scope Managers who graduated this month! There are now 111 Certified Scope Managers in Finland.

Scope Manager Forum started in Finland
The critical mass in the number of Scope managers has been reached in Finland. The Scope Manager Forum has been founded evolving about 50% of Scope managers as registered members so far.

The Forum operates as a professional interest group in the Finnish Software Measurement Association (FiSMA). The Forum will strengthen the position of professional scope management and promote applying tools and methods of interest.

The kick-off meeting took place September 25th, 2012.

Total number of Scope Managers is now 127
In August, 2012, eight new Certified Scope Managers passed their examination in Finland. Congratulations! The total number world-wide is now 127. See the complete list of CSM’s here.

Agreement between 4SUM Partners and MSG Software
4SUM Partners and MSG Software have signed an agreement on delivery of Experience® Service software. New browser-based service is intended to be published in the beginning of March 2013. Project kick-off was in April, and Proof of Concept will be completed during May for project’s internal use.

Almost one hundred Certified Scope Managers in Finland
On Feb 16th, seven new Scope Managers passed their examination. Congratulations! Maybe we will reach the pole of 100 Finnish Scope Managers very soon.
And don’t forget the upcoming training in Copenhagen, Denmark. More information here.

Five new Scope Managers graduated
Our CSM community just grew with five new graduates from Finland. Check the complete list of Certified Scope Managers on our Scope Management page.

Number of Certified Scope Managers is increasing
In Finland, five new Scope Managers passed their examination in August, 2011. The total number of SM’s is now over one hundred.

Seven new Certified Scope Managers in Germany
In May 2011, seven new Scope Managers passed the Certified Scope Manager examination in Germany. These CSM’s are:

  • Armin Dreiling
  • Oliver Klein
  • Frank Laskowski
  • Markus Michels
  • Andreas Olesh
  • Michael Otto
  • Guido Schröder

This means that there are 99 Certified Scope Managers world-wide. Would you like to be number 100?

FiSMA 1.1 will be translated in Finnish
We proudly announce that ISO/IEC 29881:2010 standard for Functional Size Measurement FiSMA 1.1 will be translated in Finnish.

Webinar by Carol Dekkers
ITMPI webinar by Carol Dekkers about Navigating the Minefield: Estimating Before Requirements.
February 17, 2011,
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time

9 new Certified Scope Managers graduated in Finland
Nine new Certified Scope Managers graduated in Finland on Dec 3, 2010.
The total number of CSM’s world-wide is now 83.

JRC member Carol Dekkers key-noting at IPMA World Congress
By ECQA 2010-11-10
JRC member Carol Dekkers key-noting at IPMA World Congress, Istanbul, Turkey. “Scope Management is coming: Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way!”