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TJTST29 Software Project Scoping for Successful Software Sourcing and Delivery, 5 op, This course is targeted to aspiring Scope Managers, Chief Information Officers, and Project Managers

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Kurssin ilmoittautumisaika päättyi 16.12.11 klo 23:59.

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Alkaa - päättyy: 24.10.11 - 16.12.11
Ilmoittautumisaika: 15.5.11 klo 0:00 - 16.12.11 klo 23:59
Ilmoittautuminen voidaan perua 16.12.2011 klo 00:00 mennessä.
Opettaja(t): Pekka Forselius (pekka.forselius@4sumpartners.com)
Lehtori Timo Käkölä (timo.k.kakola@jyu.fi)
Laajuus: 5 op
Kielet: opetuskielet: English; suorituskielet: English, suomi
Ilmoittautuneita: 26
Maksimi osallistujamäärä: 50
Sopii vielä: 24
Organisaatiot:Informaatioteknologian tiedekunta (ITK), Jyväskylän yliopisto (JY), Mobile Technology and Business (MOTEBU), Tietojenkäsittelytieteiden laitos (TKTL), Tietojärjestelmätiede (TJT)

Are you aspiring to become a Chief Information Officer, who needs to orchestrate the sourcing of information systems from multiple providers and the implementation of effective enterprise architectures? Or are you aspiring to become a software development manager or a project manager who needs to be responsible for complex software deliveries using a globally distributed network of partners and subcontractors? In both cases, and many others, you will benefit from this course that will be run by international experts in the field Timo Käkölä and Pekka Forselius. Paula Männistö from Qentinel, Inc. who has more than 10 years of experience in scope management from various units of Tieto, Inc. will serve as a special guest lecturer.

We will also have CAROL DEKKERS from the United States of America as a visiting guest star over a video link. She will focus on the sourcing and delivery of software maintenance projects and the pricing, scheduling, and work effort estimation challenges involved.


A software vendor has 60 software development projects annually and never runs over the budget for more than 3 %. A government organization succeeds to reduce 60 % of its software acquisition costs without giving up any functional or quality requirements. Both cases are true because the two organizations have been able to (1) institute effective software project scope management practices, methods, and systems and (2) leverage new contractual schemes based on functional size measurement that are fair to both vendors and acquirers.

The pricing, scheduling, and resourcing of software projects has traditionally been difficult for technical, managerial, and ecosystemic reasons. The technical reasons include poorly-defined software requirements; missing, incomplete, or incompatible historical data about past and present software development productivity, and the poor availability of accurate productivity benchmarks and benchmark databases to software vendors and acquirers. The managerial reasons include managers’ and executives’ poor understanding of the software project scope management and its key knowledge areas: requirements management, project management, and work effort estimation. Competing software communities, advocating rival and sometimes contradictory estimation and measurement practices and systems, have contributed to this lack of executive and managerial understanding. Ecosystemic issues refer especially to global software and systems development practices, where partners in geographically distributed sites conduct inter-related projects. Scope management is especially challenging in global software ecosystems. As a result, software projects often fail, the deployed contractual arrangements favor either acquirers or vendors, and organizational learning from past experience is slow.

This course prepares students for becoming scope managers who facilitate the sourcing activities of clients and the service provisioning activities of software providers by dividing large programs into manageable projects;estimating the sizes, costs, and durations of the projects; baselining requirements; and helping the stakeholders to control progress, manage changes, and close the projects. Students who aspire to become Chief Information Officers (CIOs) or project managers will also benefit greatly from this course: (1) the CIOs need to be able to hire and work with scope managers to facilitate software sourcing; (2) the project managers need to be able work with scope managers to facilitate software delivery.

The course focuses on software project scoping, sourcing, and delivery practices, methods, and systems that have been found to work in Finland and elsewhere by the Finnish Software Measurement Association (FiSMA). A cornerstone of the course is functional size measurement (FSM) in which standardized FSM methods are used to measure functional sizes of the pieces of software to be produced in function points. Function points express the amount of business functionality an information system provides to users, independent of the technology used to implement the information system. Scope managers and project managers use them to improve the quality of software requirements specifications and software change requests; to estimate the work effort and cost and schedule implications of the specifications, and to achieve fair, effective contractual schemes in software project business.

Osaamistavoitteet:The course is targeted to M.Sc. and doctoral students in information management and software engineering who are interested in the domestic and international sourcing of software and systems projects and services, the acquisition of packaged software products and services, and/or software engineering management. Advanced B.Sc. students may also benefit from the course. The most important breakthroughs of software project scoping and work effort estimation research are presented in a practical way in lectures and seminars and their application in practical case studies is discussed. In addition, Pekka Forselius, the president of the International Software Benchmarking Standards Group, and Paula Männistö, another leading scope management expert from Qentinel, Inc. will serve as guest lecturers. As a result, students learn what software project scope management is, how it can be leveraged in practice, and what research opportunities exist.
Esitiedot:Software project scoping for successful software sourcing and delivery is a multi-disciplinary field. Students with backgrounds not only in information management, systems development, and software engineering but also in marketing, economics, strategy, human-computer interaction, organization science, and other relevant disciplines may contribute to the course. All students should have the basic knowledge of software project management or information systems development and management.

Lectures (32 h) will be held in English. They will first introduce the topic by drawing upon the current software sourcing research of Timo Käkölä and Pekka Forselius as well as other relevant sources, including the eSourcing books from Carnegie Mellon University and the software project estimation books from Budschuh and Dekkers and Peter Hill . Then a comprehensive scope management theory for software sourcing is presented by covering the recent works of Carol Dekkers, Pekka Forselius, and Timo Käkölä. Pekka Forselius will help students master functional size measurement using the quick, simple, and powerful KISS FSM method. We will also have Paula Männistö from Qentinel, Inc. to present the current status of scope management practice in Finnish software industry. 


The course will be conducted through lectures, seminars, and the final exam. In the exam, chapters 1-22 from the course book of Peter Hill will be required. Two complementary academic articles are optional. A good answer to a question related to the articles will earn students extra bonus in the exam. Students can answer the questions in Finnish or English.


Hill, P. Practical Software Project Estimation: A Toolkit for Estimating Software Development and Duration, McGraw & Hill.

William Hefley & Ethel Loesche: The eSourcing Capability Model for Client Organizations (eSCM-CL) v1.1. ITSQC and Carnegie Mellon University.

Manfred Bundschuh and Carol Dekkers. The IT Measurement Compendium: Estimating and Benchmarking Success with Functional Size Measurement. Springer, 2008. 

Several articles authored or co-authored by Timo Käkölä and others will also be used.

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Luento [ryhmien tarkat tiedot ja ilmoittautuminen]

Luento 1 [ryhmätiedot ja ilmoittautuminen]; ilmoittautuneita 26, maksimi 40
ilm.aika: 15.5.2011 00:00 - 16.12.2011 23:59
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1Ag Beeta43ma24.10.201112:15-14:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
2Ag Beeta45ma7.11.201112:15-14:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
3Ag C23446ma14.11.201114:15-16:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
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7Ag C13248ma28.11.201114:15-16:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
8Ag C23150ma12.12.201112:15-16:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
Luento 2 [ryhmätiedot ja ilmoittautuminen]; ilmoittautuneita 26, maksimi 40
ilm.aika: 15.5.2011 00:00 - 16.12.2011 23:59
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1Ag Auditorio 243ke26.10.201112:15-14:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
2Ag Auditorio 245ke9.11.201112:15-14:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
3Ag C23146ke16.11.201112:15-14:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
4Ag Auditorio 348ke30.11.201112:15-14:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
5Ag Delta50ke14.12.201112:15-14:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot

Tentti [ryhmien tarkat tiedot ja ilmoittautuminen]

Tentti 16.12.2011 (lopputentti) [tenttiin ilmoittautuminen]; ilmoittautuneita 12, maksimi 200
ilm.aika: 15.5.2011 00:00 - 12.12.2011 16:00
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1Ag Auditorio 1, Martti Ahtisaari -sali, Ag Auditorio 2, Ag Auditorio 350pe16.12.201112:00-16:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
Tentti 20.1.2012 (1.uusinta) [tenttiin ilmoittautuminen]; ilmoittautuneita 6, maksimi 200
ilm.aika: 15.5.2011 00:00 - 16.1.2012 16:00
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1Ag Auditorio 1, Martti Ahtisaari -sali, Ag Auditorio 2, Ag Auditorio 33pe20.1.201212:00-16:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot
Tentti 16.3.2012 [tenttiin ilmoittautuminen]; ilmoittautuneita 6, maksimi 200
ilm.aika: 15.5.2011 00:00 - 12.3.2012 16:00
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1Ag Auditorio 1, Martti Ahtisaari -sali, Ag Auditorio 2, Ag Auditorio 311pe16.3.201212:00-16:00KäköläTapahtuman tiedot