Louis Taff

Lou Taff created the first structured process for estimating software development for a large switching project at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. At AT&T he planned and engineered new services for the AT&T network and held the supervisory rank of technology consultant. Subsequently with Ericsson, he worked on wireless systems and platforms. Taff holds an S.B. in physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Iowa State University; he initially worked in physics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and in the computing department at Fermilab. He is a co-inventor of four patents and has authored over 20 published articles and many proprietary reports. He now maintains a consulting practice in which he assists clients in implementing software estimating processes. taff@softwareestimatingprocesses.com

List of CrossTalk articles:

Software Estimates That Work (Jul/Aug 2017)

Summary.We lay out a path for initial estimating of large new projects for systems and software development organizations that have experienced resource problems. The paper is targeted mainly at organizations not yet underway with efforts to improve estimating (following, e.g., the Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model); however, those already ...