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On October 28-29 Anton Khritankov, a senior java developer at Auriga, and Anton Stasevich, Auriga Team Manager, presented a report at the 5th Central and Eastern European Software Engineering Conference in Russia (CEE-SECR 2009). CEE-SECR is the key Eastern European Software Engineering event that attracted speakers from over 15 countries in the previous years, and is regularly attended by over 500 participants from all over the world.
The report, entitled “An Approach to Software Project Feasibility Study Using Stochastic Risk Model during Proposal Preparation”, is based upon the instruments used in Auriga to choose the optimum project pricing approach.
The Request-for-Proposal process plays an important role in software outsourcing field. Correct estimations of project costs and expected profits may provide additional flexibility during contract negotiation and confidence in project success. The research describes a unique approach to project profit estimation and feasibility study at proposal preparation phase. In addition to estimating effort and cost, a stochastic approach is used to estimate project risks and profits for different types of contract: Fixed-Price, T&M and Risk-Reward. As a result, it is possible to evaluate project success early, revise project schedule or plan, and present different pricing options to the customer. The approach was implemented at Auriga, supported by the Choose Project Pricing Model Tool – a specially designed tool to assist in choosing and offering pricing options from three main pricing models – T&M, Fixed Price and Risk-Reward. At the conference, Anton considered a sample project to demonstrate how the approach is applied at Auriga.
Anton Khritankov graduated with high honors from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 2007 and currently works on his Ph.D. thesis in the field of systems analysis and distributed computing. As a lead software engineer in Auriga, he is engaged in enterprise software development and process improvement. His interests include software and information systems design, object-oriented methods as well as probability theory, expert methods and applications.
Anton Stasevich has over 10 years of full time work in the computer industry holding the positions of team leader and software engineer, with responsibility for the development of software and applications under Windows and Unix platforms. Anton has unique combination of excellent team management skills with extensive experience in large scale portable project development in C and C++. Anton holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Moscow Institute of Radiotechnics, Electronics and Automatics, Russia.
CEE-SECR 2009 (http://cee-secr.org/) is an international forum where software professionals discuss the emerging technologies and methodologies being developed to overcome the challenges that exist in different areas of software engineering. The conference offers a program of events, including keynote talks by leaders in the field, invited presentations along specialized themes, workshops, round table discussions and presentations of technical papers on software research, the cutting edge of practice, and new developments in software engineering. Conference Program Committee includes highly recognized international and domestic software engineering experts from both industry and academia.