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The SPR Philosophy
SPR offers tools that enhance our internal assessment service delivery, as well as our customers’ requirements for formal and accurate software sizing and estimation.  Our vision for software metrics and measurement is best summarized by our founder and Chief Scientist, Capers Jones, in his landmark book Applied Software Measurement:
" . . . the need for accurate measurements of software productivity and quality is directly related to the overall economic importance of software to industry, business, and government. That means that measurement is now a mainstream software activity, and it is one that is on the critical path to corporate and national success."
SPR KnowledgePLAN®
Launched in 1997, SPR KnowledgePLAN® was the first powerful, knowledge-based software estimation tool to combine project estimation and scheduling in a flexible environment. SPR KnowledgePLAN® quickly creates and refines detailed project plans for seamless export to Microsoft Project or other enterprise project management systems.
SPR KnowledgePLAN® is a software tool designed to help you plan software projects. With SPR KnowledgePLAN® you can effectively size your projects and then estimate work, resources, schedule, and defects. You can even evaluate project strengths and weaknesses to determine their impact on quality and productivity.
SPR KnowledgePLAN® provides a complete and rational view of all tradeoffs among features, schedules, quality and costs. You can explore the cost/value implications of additional resources, more powerful languages, development tools, improved methods and other technical changes. You can also track milestones, schedules, resources, actual work effort, and defects found.
SPR KnowledgePLAN® provides a bi-directional interface with project management applications to create an integrated, full life-cycle solution. For convenience, some project management functions such as critical path scheduling are offered.
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Why SPR?
We have performed hundreds of assessments on Fortune 1000 and government organizations worldwide, making thismethodology an industry standard. Continuing research by SPR Chief Scientist Capers Jones keeps the base of comparative information and analysis of methods fresh and applicable to modern development environments. The SPR Knowledge Base is a key component in our estimation tool.  Specific advantages of SPR and SPR KnowledgePLAN® include:
  • A large credible knowledge base populated with over 14,531 software projects from IT, systems, commercial, and government environments
  • Over a 20 years of experience in the software assessment market supporting many Fortune 1000 and software organizations every part of the world
  • An automated benchmarking process that utilizes SPR KnowledgePLAN® to collect, aggregate, and analyze an organization's software projects
  • An assessment approach where SPR collaborates with the client to collect project data and subsequently validates it for accuracy
  • A modeling feature that quantifies productivity and quality gains resulting from improvement recommendations