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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast provides a forum to explore the varied world of software process improvement and measurement.  The SPaMCast covers topics that deal the challenges how work is done in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.  The show combines commentaries, interviews and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, advice and even occasionally facts. 


Dec 16, 2012

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 216!   

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 216 features my interview with Harold van Heeringen.  We discussed the International Software Benchmarking Standards Group, functional metrics, software measurement and well . . . other stuff!

Drs. Harold van Heeringen CFPA, works for Sogeti Nederland as a senior metrics consultant. Harold graduated from the university of Groningen in business economics in 1997 and he has worked in information technology ever since. 

Harold is an expert in the functional sizing methods FPA and COSMIC and he is a certified practitioner in both methods. Furthermore he is an expert on different software estimation models and benchmarking practices. In his role as metrics consultant, he advises clients on how to implement Estimating & Performance Measurement processes into their organizations and he trains people in functional size measurement, project estimation and benchmarking. Next to his consulting work, he is also heavily involved in the Sogeti estimation process for fixed-price / fixed date projects. Harold is an advanced expert in using estimation tools like QSM SLIM, SEER-SEM and the ISBSG tooling. 

Next to his job, Harold is also involved in a number of metrics related communities:

• International Software Benchmarking Standards Group (ISBSG) – President

• Netherlands Software Metrics Association (NESMA) 

  – board member and chairman of the working groups 'Benchmarking’ and ‘FPA in contracts’

• Common Software Measurement International Consortium (COSMIC)  

  - Dutch representative in the International Advisory Council (AIC) 

• Dutch Association for Cost Engineers (DACE) – working group parametric analysis

Harold publishes white papers and articles regularly and posts most of his presentations on slideshare. He  can be reached through e-mail at, or through  the website He is active on LinkedIn. Harold also shares his professional thoughts on twitter: @haroldveendam.

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Next:The Software Process and Measurement Cast 217 will feature an essay from the Metrics Minute.  Tor Skude has requesed we deal test case pass rates as a metric.