Katie Costantini worked her way up from summer intern to testing manager. She handles database queries, database validation, trend line creation, and helps with documentation for SLIM-Suite and SLIM-WebServices. Katie is a Certified Tester, Foundation Level, through the American Software Testing Qualifications Board, and is responsible for test case design, tracking, and management for SLIM-Suite and SLIM-WebServices. Katie is also a contributing author to QSM’s Software Almanac.
What does a typical software project look like, and how has what’s “typical” changed over time? QSM segmented more than 10,000 completed IT projects and looked at several software development metrics for each ten-year time period.
QSM recently completed an analysis of how project schedule has changed over time and the subsequent impact on effort and productivity. The results indicate that project size, effort, and productivity have all decreased over time. This story explores the findings and shares some related observations.
According to data examining projects completed between 1980 and 2010, project size has decreased drastically, particularly in the decade beginning in 2000. Several factors may have contributed to the diminishing SLOCs per project, or, maybe our definition of project has changed over time.
Is COBOL defunct? Are single language projects a thing of the past? Based on a study of more than 8,000 business projects, find out what trends and changes are occurring within programming languages and code reuse, and how those trends affect project sizes.