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Nesma Autumn Conference


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This year the Nesma Autumn Conference will be held on Thursday November 15.

The location is the same as last year: De Soester Duinen, Soesterbergsestraat 188, 3768MD Soest, The Netherlands.

This years theme is: “Agile Deliveries; #Estimates or #NoEstimates? That is the question”.

The conference will start at 1:00 pm. At 6:00 pm drinks will be served, followed by the conference dinner.
Preceeding the conference, the Nesma member meeting will be held, from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm.

The conference program is as follows:

13:30 – 13:35    
Conference opening – Conference chair

13:35 – 14:20: Keynote: Cost Estimating Past, Present, and Future
Paul Marston – President MCR Global; President ICEAA)    
The keynote presentation from Paul Marston (President MCR Global; President ICEAA) will explore a short history of cost estimating, from its earliest roots in project planning, to the fundamentals of estimating methodologies, to modern applications involving complex systems and software, and onto industry trends that may foretell the future.

14:20 – 14:45: Garansys ”loves” Estimates for Agile projects
Alexander Vermeulen (Garansys)    
This presentation will explain how Garansys is using function points to make a quote, offer and contracts for Agile deliveries. 

14:45 – 15:10:
Jaap van den Leer (Valori)
This presentation is about how to make software efficient, maintainable, flexible, with a good architecture in an Agile environment.
15:10 – 15:40: The use of the Artificial Intelligence technique of Natural Language Processing for User Story Analysis and Estimation
Simon Wright (Symtech LTD UK) 
This presentation is about how the quality of an agile functional size estimate is a function of several factors including: precision, accuracy and repeatability.15:40 – 16:10
16:10 – 16:40: Agile Estimation Reconsidered…Again
Esteban Sanchez (Galorath) 
This presentation is about the need for Estimates in an Agile environment to make informed decision. 16:40 – 17:10: Software Cost Estimation – Finally a real Profession!
Harold van Heeringen (METRI Senior Consultant, ISBSG President, Nesma board)

Nesma and ICEAA (International Cost Estimation and Analysis Association) are working together to create a training curriculum (software Cost Estimation Body of Knowledge (sCEBoK)) and certification for ‘Software Cost Estimator’. In this presentation the need for such a recognized profession is explained and outline and progress on the software Cost Estimation Body of Knowledge (sCEBoK) is shared.17:10 – 17:40: SPACE: The Estimation Aid for Bringing Agile Delivery Predictability
Sharmila Das (Tata Consultancy Services Limited)
This presentation explains the TCS patented Agile SPACE model addressing problems with respect to lack of estimation predictability, “Apples to Apples” comparison and poor metrics calculation impacting performance management adversely.

17:40 – 18:00
Frank Vogelezang (Nesma Counting Practice)

Recently the Nesma counting practice released Nesma 2.3. In this presentation a short overview of the benefits for Agile deliveries and a wrap-up of the day. 

18:00 – 18:30
Conference closing, network drinks

18:30 – 21:00
Conference dinner




De Soester Duinen
Soesterbergsestraat 188
Soest, 3768MD Netherlands
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