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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 Call for Presentations can be downloaded here.
Important dates:

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 21 September 2018
  • Feedback with respect to acceptance: 05 October 2018
  • Deadline for the final presentation: 26 October 2018
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.

You can register for the conference by clicking here.

The conference program is as follows:

A keynote presentation will be given by Paul Marston, President MCR Global  and President ICEAA
Title:  Cost Estimating Past, Present, and Future
Abstract:  This presentation 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. Utilizing stories from his 30 year career in the estimating business in the US and Europe, the speaker will attempt to illustrate the creative richness of our profession.

Conference presentations will be given by:
  • Alexander Vermeulen (Garansys) – Garansys loves Estimates for Agile projects
    This presentation will explain how Garansys is using function points to make a quote, offer and contracts for Agile deliveries
    ·     How all backlog items get their function points and how the product owner can use that to plan the sprints (we deliver an agreed average amount of function points each sprint)
    ·     How function point analysis is applied and how we use function points to measure sprint progress and budget burn down
  • Jaap van der Leer (Valori) – How to achieve projects objectives, without blaming the team for project failure
    This presentation is about how to make software efficient, maintainable, flexible, with a good architecture in an Agile environment
  • Simon Wright (Symtech LTD UK) – The use of the Artificial Intelligence technique of Natural Language Processing for User Story Analysis and Estimation
    The quality of an agile functional size estimate is a function of several factors including: precision, accuracy and repeatability. The main factor affecting the precision of an agile estimate is the completeness of the user stories. If a user story has been missed, then the estimate is imprecise. The main factor affecting the accuracy of an agile estimate is the correctness of the user stories.
  • Esteban Sanchez (Galorath) – Agile Estimation Reconsidered…Again
    The Agile framework has changed the way we approach software development while awakening a new dilemma about the need for project cost estimates. Many Agile enthusiasts are making the argument that estimates are difficult to produce and provide little value. On the other hand, organizations need to budget, and business leaders need estimates to make informed decisions. The #Estimates vs #NoEstimates battle on internet blogs ensues.
  • Sharmila Das (Tata Consultancy Services Limited) – SPACE :  The Estimation Aid for Bringing Agile Delivery Predictability
    Agile practices have become a widespread phenomenon. However, one of the primary causes of most agile project failures is improper estimation impacting sprint delivery. The prevalent story pointing is used in a narrow project-specific perspective varying with every project and sprints within a project leading to
    •     Lack of estimation predictability resulting in incomplete sprints.
    •     “Apples-to-Apples” comparison of story points/sprint velocity is not possible.
    •     Poor metrics calculation impacting performance management adversely
    This presentation explains the TCS patented Agile SPACE model addressing above problems.
  • Frank Vogelezang (Nesma counting practice) – How Nesma 2.3 can QuickStart you agile Software Estimate
    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.
  • Harold van Heeringen (METRI, ISBSG, Nesma) – Software Cost Estimation – Finally a real Profession!
    The maturity of Estimation processes is still quite low in the industry. One of the issues in the software industry is the fact that the Software Cost Estimator is not a recognized profession. In many industries, project costs are estimated by professional estimators In the IT industry software however, most project estimates are based on the experience and the opinions of (biased) human experts, instead of relevant historical data and parametric models. Many of these human experts are not specialized in cost estimation.
    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.