PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter

Colin Hammond

Speaker Profile


Colin Hammond

Founder of ScopeMaster - hyperautomation of software requirements analysis.

The Significance of Requirements Quality on Costs and How to Improve Estimates with Automated Requirements QA

Early software cost estimates depend on some form of requirements articulation. In this talk we will see how easy it is to misunderstand requirements and end up with wildly incorrect cost estimates, especially on Agile software endeavors.

We will see some of the different ways that requirements can be misunderstood and how this can affect cost estimates.

We will see how to improve cost estimation accuracy by finding and addressing problems with ambiguity, consistency, completeness and measurability.

We will also see how, by using automated requirements analysis, requirements quality can be improved in a fraction of the time it would take normally take. This approach has been described as the “ultimate in shift-left testing”.

Technical PDU: 1

Learning Objectives:

The participant will learn:

  • What is functional sizing.
  • The importance of knowing the functional size for determining cost
  • The importance of requirements quality for knowing the size

And learn how automation can help:

  • reduce the knowable unknowns of your project scope
  • automate functional sizing for consistent, ungameable estimates

About Colin

Colin Hammond is a frequent speaker at IT Cast and other conferences. He has 30 years’ experience of managing and assessing software development projects in several countries. During the last four years he has focused on the development and growth of the award-winning tool to automate requirements analysis, sizing, and quality assessment: ScopeMaster.

Colin is a Certified in both the leading functional sizing methodologies. He is also the winner of the 2020 Computing DevOps Excellence award for best DevOps cloud product.