In the last ten to fifteen years, the software industry has seen a fast-paced transformation from a waterfall process to the adoption of Agile and DevOps in the commercial world and public sector. Ed Spriggs and Kevin McKeel conducted a series of interviews with leaders in the software cost estimation field to find out what impact these changes have had on their cost shops and related organizations as well as how they are adapting to these changes.
The Office of the Secretary of Defence (OSD) - Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation's (CAPE) Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) Cost Estimating Handbook provides a wide range of cost estimators a guide that brings together existing guidance as well as new material in order to aid with the planning, execution, presentation and documentation of the analysis required to support multiple aspects of an AoA.
With the growing recognition on the importance of sustainment in the DoD, Sustainment Reviews have become a key forum to provide insight into sustainment costs and activities. This briefing will provide an overview of Sustainment Reviews including recent statute updates, implementation policy and guidance, and OSD CAPE’s lessons learned.
As the lead author for the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA)’s new Cost Estimating Body of Knowledge for Software (CEBOK-S) as well as a CSM (Certified Scrum Master) and former developer, Ms. Dekkers has insights into the role of software cost estimation that may not be apparent or valued by development teams