DataDrill Combines Software Estimation and Measurement to Enable Project Management Best Practices

Through recent enhancements to its quantitative project management software, DataDrill, Distributive Management breaks the vicious cycle that undermines the usefulness of software project estimates and erodes the effectiveness of project performance metrics.

Fredericksburg, VA, December 09, 2008 --( “Many projects don’t effectively use software estimates because they have no easy way to link estimation data with the ongoing monitoring and management activities. Without that link, managers cannot benefit from the initial commitment and so the value of estimation deteriorates,” says Distributive Management’s President, Peter Baxter. “In DataDrill, we have technology that moves estimation data into the project, to “pre-load” the project’s expected performance, so project managers don’t start with a blank slate. Then, we measure progress against the estimate to see what areas the organization could improve,” he adds.

As the first quantitative project management solution of its kind, DataDrill fully integrates estimation data with ongoing measurement results, giving software project managers visibility into estimates for schedule, staff, cost, size and defect growth and the ability to monitor them across the entire life of the project. “In short,” explains Baxter, “each time the organization uses DataDrill to estimate and then measure, they have the information to create a more predictable and reliable software process; they become more accurate in their estimates and better performing overall.”

DataDrill includes an open Estimation API for accommodating estimation data from in-house tools and other estimation software. Distributive Management has also partnered with r2Estimating® to provide an integrated estimation application, DataDrill Estimator, within DataDrill.

Online demos of DataDrill are available on their website.

About Distributive Management and DataDrill

Distributive Management is the leading provider of quantitative project management software solutions for use in projects and across the enterprise. Distributive’s DataDrill software enables companies to more easily and more effectively implement measurement in support of project management, performance reporting, process improvement and initiatives like CMMI. DataDrill is being used in a wide range of industries, including defense, software/IT, technology, telecommunications, banking, and insurance. Distributive DataDrill’s clients include Arbitron, Boeing, BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, GEICO, GE, Hewlett Lockheed Martin, NASA, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Automation, Raytheon.

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