| Easy Setup
SLIM-Control is integrated with other SLIM-Suite
tools. Import plans created with SLIM-Estimate or SLIM-DataManager,
enter the plan manually, or cut and paste plan information directly
from an Excel spreadsheet. Enter project actuals and generate
reports on a monthly or weekly basis, then sanity-check the
project plan against a history file created in SLIM-DataManager.
Use SLIM-Control's core metric set or add
an unlimited number of custom metrics. Track project actuals
against the plan, then forecast the most likely end date for
the project based on your progress to date. You can even combine
one or more existing measures to create calculated metrics.
Why reinvent the wheel? Once you've
customized project, phase, and milestone settings to your
lifecycle, you can reuse these settings when you create a
new project file.
SLIM-Control's traffic lights let you assess
project status at a glance. GREEN means the project is on target,
YELLOW is a warning to watch the project carefully, RED flags
areas that need immediate action.
For each metric, you can create customized
control bounds that determine when a traffic light assessment
is triggered. Create one-sided, two-sided, and variable width
(narrow at the end, wider at the beginning) control bounds
to provide just the level of early warning that fits each
Earned value analysis is built into
SLIM-Control, allowing you to s ave time & money producing
EVM reports, augment EVM with other proven analysis and reporting
methods, and comply with customer, regulatory, & CMMI
SLIM-Control is the only tool on the market
that learns from the behavior of your project. It produces
forecasts based on actual performance to date. Choose from
an assortment of metrics, then assign weights to the most
important ones to forecast cost, schedule and defects remaining
at delivery. You can quickly evaluate alternative
forecasts, run best-case and worst-case scenarios, perform
trade-offs by changing the staffing level, or show your
customer the schedule, cost, and quality implications of
adding features to the system late in the development cycle.
Multiple Plans and Forecasts
Store and retrieve multiple plans and forecasts
to completion. At the click of a button, you can quickly reload
plans and forecasts and compare them with the most recent
actuals. The plan log provides an audit trail of the planning
baseline - great for post mortem review.
SLIM-Control ships with a selection of
recent industry trend lines for benchmarking project duration,
effort, defects, productivity, and other metrics. Sanity check
plans, actuals, and forecasts against both QSM industry trends
and your completed projects.
Quickly determine your position in relation
to the planning baseline. The variance panel displays the plan,
actual and difference as you graphically move the cursor across
the timeline. Eliminate double data entry and laborious updating
with dynamically linked objects that display your current plan,
actuals, and forecast at different points along the project
"What if?" is a question that often comes
up. With SLIM-Control's Tradeoff Forecast , you can evaluate
different staffing options quickly. The forecasted delivery
schedule, effort, and cost update instantly on the screen, allowing
you to evaluate your options quickly.
When reports and graphs don't show the entire
picture, SLIM-Control's Smart Notes feature allows you to store
relevant text notes. Embedded variables display the current
value of any project parameter and update as the value changes
over time. The next time you need a custom report or note, it
will be at your fingertips.
to MS Office And The Web
SLIM applications are designed to work in
your office environment. When it's time to create presentations
or collaborate on the web, SLIM-Control lets you easily export
data to MS Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or HTML formats.
When you buy SLIM-Control, you also receive
two other valuable tools. SLIM-DataManager helps you build
a repository for your software project data. SLIM-MasterPlan
rolls up multiple projects into a comprehensive planning view
that lets you manage everything from incremental deliveries
of a single project to strategic planning for your entire software
with SLIM Suite
QSM offers a complete suite of estimation,
tracking, and benchmarking tools to assist you with every
stage of software life cycle management. SLIM-Control
is fully integrated with SLIM-Estimate, SLIM-DataManager,
SLIM-Metrics, and SLIM-MasterPlan.
Whatever your current needs, QSM offers a solution you can
Put QSMA's Proven Performance
to Work for You
QSMA consultants are recognized experts in the field
of software development planning and control.
All licenses for the SLIM Tool Suite include documentation,
responsive phone consultation, and technical support.
E-mail QSMA for
more information on SLIM-Tools and for a free demonstration
CD, or call 413.499.0988 to speak with a QSMA representative.