IT Benchmarking introduced in India

By : |July 29, 1999 0

QAI (India) Ltd. announced the formation of the Consortium
for IT Benchmarking in India in association with Larry Putnam’s QSM Inc of USA. Putnam is
an internationally renowned authority – a guru, in the area of metrics, estimation, and

The member organizations of the consortium will benefit
from benchmarking their performance against domestic as well as international software
projects, monitoring organizational parameters like performance, productivity and
profitability, and getting feedback from the Consortium.

The Consortium has Dr Pankaj Jalote as its advisor,
professor and head of the Dept of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT
Kanpur. Regular
meetings, get-togethers, video -conferences with international gurus, experience sharing
sessions, etc, will be an important feature of the Consortium.

The Consortium will bring out an annual India Competitive
Assessment Report, analyzing the Indian software industry against the rest of the world.
This macro level assessment will not only help Indian companies strategize but also the
Indian software industry in its march towards becoming a software superpower.

Each member organization submits to the Consortium the data
from representative projects it wants to benchmark. These projects are then entered into
the repository (already populated with data from over 4,800 international projects) using
the QSM tool called Slim (Software Life-cycle Management). The tool computes the
Productivity Index (PI) for projects and the entire organization. This single figure is a
reflection of the projects’ performance on Size, Effort & Cost and Schedule. The PI
can also be mapped on the project’s performance on Size, Effort & Cost and Schedule.

The PI can also be mapped on to the CMM Maturity Level.
Empirical data shows that a change of one point in PI can lead to change in schedule by
10% and effort by 30%. The QSM tool then generates several custom reports (using PI and
other parameters) for each organization, that are analyzed by QAI consultants. QAI would
also do a management briefing for each member organization on their own performance
vis-a-vis others.

During the course of the year, members can also avail other
benefits such as video conferencing, events, experience sharing sessions, member meets,
India assessments, etc. Some members of the Consortium include Motorola India Electronics
Ltd. (a SEI-CMM level 5 organization), ICIL (a SEI-CMM level 5 organization), Citicorp
Overseas Software Limited (COSL), Mahindra British Telecom (MBT). NIIT and ST

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