David Akehurst

Dr. David H. Akehurst is a highly experienced Software Consultant. He has worked for many years in both research and commercial organisations.
David Akehurst

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Managing unrealistic expectations in embedded software development

According to a number of different studies  somewhere between 30 % and 70 % of embedded software projects are unsuccessful. Success can, of course, be measured in a number of different ways, which is probably where the large range in the statistics comes from. However, no business really wants even the lowest measurement, 30 %, of its projects to be unsuccessful. Read more >

How Visualizing Traceability Data Removes the Worries of Project Management – Part 2

A previous post outlined an example project and a set of key metrics (KPIs) that I want to be able to calculate based on information gathered from multiple different development tools. In this follow up post, I will illustrate how to calculate one of those metrics using traceability information and an example query over the trace graph. Read more >

How Visualizing Traceability Data Removes the Worries of Project Management – Part 1

A manager of a single project, working closely with a small team on a daily basis, can fairly easily know the status of the project. However, a manager of several projects, maybe a department manager, manager of a large branch of a company, or even the manager of a company, will find it harder to have a personal feel for the status of the project he/she is responsible for, and will rely on information provided by other people and other sources. Read more >

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