Capers JonesCapers Jones is currently vice president and chief technology officer of Namcook Analytics LLC.  The web site of the company is This company designs leading-edge risk, cost, and quality estimation and measurement tools.

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).  Capers Jones founded SPR in 1984 and sold the company to Artemis Management Systems in 1998.  He was the chief scientist at Artemis until retiring 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 books have been translated into five languages.  His five most recent books are 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.

Among his older book titles are Patterns of Software Systems Failure and Success (Prentice Hall 1994); Estimating Software Risks, International Thomson 1995;  Software Quality: Analysis and Guidelines for Success (International Thomson 1997); and Software Assessments: Benchmarks, and Best Practices (Addison Wesley Longman 2000).

Capers and his colleagues have collected historical data from thousands of projects, hundreds of corporations, and more than 30 government organizations.  This historical data is a key resource for judging the effectiveness of software process improvement methods and also for calibrating software estimation accuracy.

Capers Jones data is also widely cited in software litigation in cases where quality, productivity, and schedules are part of the proceedings.  Capers Jones has also worked as an expert witness in 15 lawsuits involving breach of contract and software taxation issues.