From: Galorath Inc.
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2003
NASA Independent Program Assessment Office (IPAO) and Galorath Incorporated, the leading provider of advanced modeling tools to plan, estimate and control projects, today announced NASA has chosen to make Galorath's SEER estimation tools available on a corporate-wide basis for the third consecutive year. The license provides NASA unlimited access to SEER-SEM (Software Estimation Model), SEER-SSM (Software Sizing Model), and SEER-H (Hardware Model) and includes SEER-JumpStart consulting sessions.
"NASA as a whole is trying to get a better handle on costs and SEER is a big part of that," said Joe Hamaker, director of the cost analysis division at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. "SEER's rich diversity of independent variables really make it appropriate for NASA. Most of our work is research and development so there are at least a dozen SEER parameters that specifically fit NASA's needs. Take requirements volatility, for example. NASA is characterized by change orders so this parameter in SEER really synchs up well with NASA's culture."
NASA began using SEER-H at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama in the early 1990's. Over the years, many of the other centers began using the tools and it became more economical to buy a corporate license, stated Hamaker, who worked as a cost engineer and analyst at Marshall before being promoted to headquarters. "In general, SEER is just a very good set of modeling tools," said Hamaker. "We are able to calibrate SEER to our historical track record and we've come to understand which parameters are applicable to NASA so our estimating can be continuously refined and more accurate."
Training employees on the tools is very important. When NASA rolled out SEER to the new centers, they had a number of new employees. Johnson Space Center in Houston trained 16 people on the tools in September. NASA also purchased five SEER-JumpStart consulting sessions because "most of NASA's projects don't fit a formula so having someone from Galorath get us started and sit by our side really helps," said Hamaker.
About Galorath Incorporated:
For more than 20 years, project managers, engineers and costing personnel throughout the world have turned to Galorath Incorporated for the industry's most comprehensive set of decision-support and process management tools. Complemented by extensive consulting and support services, Galorath's SEER estimation and analysis tools define, analyze and manage software, hardware and DFM projects, from early concepts through upgrade and maintenance phases.
An innovator in software management parametric analysis, Galorath's SEER tools derive cost, schedule and staffing estimates by assessing the interaction and impact of product, organizational and even operational variables. This parametric methodology, coupled with the industry's most comprehensive knowledge bases, creates a rapid and powerful view of the critical factors driving program decision and determining success. Contact Galorath Incorporated at 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245; telephone 310/414-3222, or outside the U.S.+44 (0) 1252 737684; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.galorath.com.
. Lara Nelson, 310/414-3222
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