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 (C-SPIN) Meeting 

AT&T Center Campus

AT&T Institute 2501 W. Eagle Way at

 Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

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         SPECIAL DATE:   Thursday, November 12, 2009 

6:00 - 7:00 PM – Atrium: Registration, Networking, & Light Snacks

6:20 - 6:40 PM – Birds-of-a-Feather Topic - TBD  

7:00 - 8:30 PM – Auditorium: Presentation

8:30 - 9:00 PM – Auditorium: Additional Q&A and discussion


Program:  Controlling Software Costs: Development Is Only Job One

Presenter:  Daniel Galorath




Planning software development projects is never easy. Requirements, time-to-market, architectural and quality issues, staffing, risks and many other factors must be carefully considered. Development tradeoffs impact software maintainability and can significantly impact total cost of ownership. Many factors other complicate software planning.  Software planners tend to underestimate the degree to which code degrades over time. Software development costs are only a portion of the total cost of ownership. Software maintenance can often be up to four times the initial development cost. 


This session will provide a systematic approach to addressing total cost of ownership across the software lifecycle, including design for maintainability, development of measurement criteria, collection of metrics, and industry standards, guidelines, and best practice options. Parametric modeling will be discussed using the SEER platform as a specific example. Estimating block changes and their potential interdependencies and impacts will also be covered.



Over a period of three decades, Dan Galorath has established a reputation as a leading expert in project estimation, analysis, management and control. He has literally written the book on the subject (Software Sizing, Estimation and Risk Management, Auerbach Publishing). Dan realized early that there was a better way to develop accurate project estimates. Today SEER ® analysis tools from Galorath Inc. are saving millions of dollars for organizations worldwide. Galorath’s customer base reads like a who’s who of American and European industry: Airbus, Bank of America, Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Raytheon, Siemens, and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, etc.


Dan lectures internationally and has published numerous articles and papers on software cost modeling, testing, software lifecycle error prediction and requirements definition. Dan was named winner of the 2001 International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA) Freiman Award presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the theoretical or applied aspects of parametric modeling. Dan also received the 2009 lifetime achievement award for his contributions to estimation, planning and control from The Society of Cost Estimation and Analysis (SCEA)


Driving and Parking Directions

From I-90 Northwest Tollway, exit North on Barrington Road; take Barrington Road to Lakewood Blvd (2nd light) and turn East (right) onto Lakewood Blvd.  Turn right into the AT&T Campus Center’s West Employee Entrance (the first entrance past Eagle Way) and follow the signs to the West Parking Structures.  Parking in covered lot W3 is recommended.  Look for parking spaces near the west entrance/exit of parking structure W3. Then walk west from the parking structure to the Institute Building to the main door, which has a big ENTRANCE sign over the door.  The Institute is approximately 100 yards from the parking structure--back across the road you came on.  Visit http://www.c-spin.net for a map of the AT&T Campus Center.  (Additional parking is available in covered lot W2 as well as upper level parking lot W1.) 


About C-SPIN

C-SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality, and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations, and individuals are invited. For information about C-SPIN or the steering committee, contact Karen Mermel at kmermel@yahoo.com.


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