Capers Jones is currently vice president and chief technology officer of Namcook Analytics LLC. Prior to the formation of Namcook Analytics in 2012, Capers Jones was the president of Capers Jones & Associates LLC between 2000 and 2012. He is also the founder and former chairman of Software Productivity Research LLC (SPR), founded in 1984 and sold to Artemis Management Systems in 1998. He was the chief scientist at Artemis until retiring from SPR in 2000
SPR marketed three successful commercial estimation tools: SPQR/20 in 1984; CheckPoint in 1995; and KnowledgePlan in 1998. SPR also built custom proprietary estimation tools for AT&T and Bachman Systems.
Before founding SPR, Capers was Assistant Director of Programming Technology for the ITT Corporation at the Programming Technology Center in Stratford, Connecticut. During his tenure Capers Jones designed three proprietary software cost and quality estimation tools for ITT between 1979 and 1983.
He was also a manager and software researcher at IBM in California where he designed IBM’s first two software cost estimating tools in 1973 and 1974 in collaboration with Dr. Charles Turk.
Capers Jones is a well-known author and international public speaker. Some of his 20 books have been translated into five languages. His six most recent books are A Guide to Selecting Software Measures and Metrics; CRC Press, 2017; The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering, Addison Wesley 2014; The Economics of Software Quality with Olivier Bonsignour, Addison Wesley, 2011; Software Engineering Best Practices, McGraw Hill 2010; Applied Software Measurement, 3rd edition, McGraw Hill, 2008; and Estimating Software Costs, McGraw Hill, 2nd edition, 2007. Two additional new books will be published by CRC Press before the end of 2017. One of these new books has comparative quantitative data for 60 software development methodologies. The other has comparative quantitative data from 75 industries and 70 countries.
Capers and his colleagues have collected historical data from thousands of projects, hundreds of corporations, and more than 30 government organizations in a total of 27 countries and over 75 industries. This historical data is a key resource for judging the effectiveness of software process improvement methods and also for calibrating software estimation accuracy.
Ted is President and co-founder of Namcook Analytics, LLC. Prior to Namcook Analytics, Ted was CIO of Investors’ Financial Services (IBT/IFS) for 20 years, and before that, a systems engineer with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), working in the financial services sector.
Namcook Analytics, LLC designs leading-edge risk, cost, and quality estimation and measurement tools. Software Risk Master (SRM)™ is the company’s advanced parametric estimation tool with a proprietary early sizing feature that allows sizing BEFORE requirements via patented pattern matching algorithms. SRM estimates are based on historical data from over 27,000 software development projects from 75 industries and 70 countries. New data is collected via client benchmark studies.
Namcook Analytics also collects software benchmark data and engages in longer-range software process improvement, quality, and risk-assessment studies. These Namcook studies are global and involve major corporations and government agencies in many countries in Europe, Asia, and South America.