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Murali Krishna Chemuturi
Born(1950-06-28)28 June 1950
Chityala, India
Alma materOsmania University, Hyderabad
Known forDefinition of Excellence
Definition of Software Estimation
Methodology of Software Test Effort Estimation
Classification of Software Requirements as Core and Ancillary Functionality
Software Size Units
Software Test Units
Measurement of Customer Satisfaction using Internal Data
Composite Product Quality Rating

Murali Krishna Chemuturi (popularly known as Murali Chemuturi) (born 28 June 1950) is an Indian software development expert. He authored ten books, six on software development management, one on management, two translations (Ramayana, and Bhagavad Gita from Sanskrit into English) and one on personality engineering. He has also published a number of papers in journals and on the Internet.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Born in Chityala, State of Andhra Pradesh, India to father Appa Rao Chemuturi and mother Chintapenta Vijaya Lakshmi, Murali Chemuturi studied Electrical Engineering at SMVM Polytechnic, Tanuku, followed by Industrial Engineering from Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering and PG Diploma in Computer Methods and Programming from AP Productivity Council. He finished academics with MBA from the College of Commerce and Business Management of Osmania University Hyderabad.[2]

He started working at Electronics Corporation of India Limited, Tata Consultancy Services, Metamor Global Solutions at Hyderabad, and Vistaar eBusinesses Private Limited, Mumbai. He started Chemuturi Consultants in 2001. He had an impressive career starting in a humble position and rose to be the vice-president of a software development organisation.

Among his contributions to software development methodology are the Software Size Units, for measuring the size of software product. SSU unlike the other units of measure does not use complexity for adjusting the software size. Software Test Units for measuring the size of software testing projects. Composite Product Quality Rating (CPQR), for measuring the quality of a software product delivered under an outsourcing mode of software development; and the Measurement of Customer Satisfaction using Internal Data which can be used for measuring quantitatively the customer satisfaction for software development projects which would provide a realistic metric depicting the true customer satisfaction. All these are detailed in his books listed under references section.

He authored 11 books including one co-authored with Thomas M. Cagley Jr. which were all published in USA by reputed publishers, namely Springer Science+Business, CRC Press and J.Ross Publishing. All his books can be found on and other popular book sellers. [10].</ref>

He also authored a number of papers which were published in journals such as Computer Society of India Journal, Industrial Engineer, the journal of American Institute of Industrial Engineering, Academia website,[3] Technology Evaluation Centers News Letter.[4] Most of his papers and podcasts are available from,,,[5] and[6]

Murali Chemuturi worked on software development effort estimation and software project management which were captured in books. He is known for his pioneering work on Test Effort Estimation.

He worked on all aspects of information technology including software development, data processing, training as well as facility management.

He is the first person to state that the software development work is being carried out inefficiently inflating the costs of the software products. He is to software development industry what Ralph Nader was to automotive industry.

He enunciate this idea in his interview with Joe Dager of Business901 and exposed the neglect shown for the quality of the software products being dumped on the public.[7]

He is the first and so far the only person to suggest that measurement of software development work is possible and advocated it. His paper on the subject was published in the Journal of Industrial Engineering, November 2010, published by the Institute of Industrial Engineering, USA.[8]

The quality of his work can be assessed from the fact that there are more than 180 citations on the Google Scholar website[9]

He advocated the principle of division of labor to increase the efficiency of software development work and to reduce the cost thereof. His article on the subject titled "Distributing Work for a Revolution" was published in the December 2011 issue of the official Journal of the IIE, USA.[10]

For his contribution to the field of Information technology through his books, papers, as well as his new development of metrics and methodologies, he was selected and awarded the coveted award of Hall of Fame for IT Innovation and Excellence at Mumbai by the Computer Society of India on 15 October 2016.[11]

Spiritual Work[edit]

He contributed significantly to the spiritual world by his published books Ramayana of Maha Rushi Vaalmiki, Utthara Raamayana and Garuda Purana. Besides these he recited the entire Ramayaana of 537 Sargas along with explanation of each Shloka and placed those videos on the YouTube,[12] He recited the Utthara Raamayana of 111 Sargas and the videos are in the YouTube,[13] He recited the entire Garuda Purana, 16 chapters and the videos are on YouTube,[14] He recited the entire Manu Smruthi, the chief book of Hinduism and the videos are on the YouTube,[15] He recited the entire Uddhava Geetha, and the videos are on the YouTube,[16] Additionally he also recited Guru Geetha, Anu Geetha, Rahasya Geetha, Brahmana Geeetha, Yudhishthira Geetha, Dharma Vyaadha Upaakhyanam, Bhagavadh Geetha of 745 Shlokas, and Uma Maheshwara Samvaadam and all these videos are on the YouTube.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [11] – 2010,
  • Senior Member of Computer Society of India [12] – 1998,
  • Fellow of Industrial Engineering from Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering [13] – 1997,
  • Outstanding Industrial Engineer from Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering [14] – 2011,
  • Hall of Fame Award for IT Innovation and Excellence by Computer Society of India - 15 October 2016 [15] [16]


  • Book - Software Estimation: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques, year=2009, publisher – J.Ross Publishing, Inc, USA, ISBN 978-1-60427-024-2, Pages=298, [17]
  • Book - Mastering Software Quality Assurance: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques, Year=2009, Publisher=J.Ross Publishing, Inc, USA, ISBN 978-1-60427-032-7, Pages=376, [18]
  • Book - Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored with Thomas M. Cagley, Jr., 2010, J.Ross Publishing, Inc, USA, ISBN 978-1-60427-034-1, Pages=408, [19]
  • Book - Requirements Engineering and Management for Software Development Projects, year=2012, publisher – Springer Science+Business, USA, ISBN 978-1-46145-376-5, Pages=287,[20]
  • Book - Mastering IT Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques, 2013, J.Ross Publishing, Inc, USA, ISBN 978-1-60427-078-5, Pages=384, [21]
  • Book - Software Design:A Comprehensive Guide to Software Development Projects, 2018, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN 978-0-8153-8276-8, Pages=324, [22]
  • Book - Computer Programming for Beginners:A Step-By-Step Guide, 2018, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN 978-1138320482, Pages=258, [23]
  • Book - Success in Life through Personality Engineering co-authored with Ronda Lee Bowen, 2011, CreateSpace, USA, ISBN 978-1-46373-084-0, Pages=236, [24]
  • Book - Management: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century, Co-authored with Vijay Chemuturi, 2016, USA, ISBN 978-1329762749 Pages=430,
  • Book Managing People at Work: A New Paradigm for he 21st Century, Co-Authored with Vijay Chemuturi, 2019,, USA, ISBN 978-8770221085 Pages=368,
  • Book Mavericks Musings, 2022,, USA, ISBN 978-1387604463 Pages=228,
  • Book - Bhagavadh Geetha Translated from Sanskrit into English, 2015, Double Bridge Publishing USA, ISBBN 978-1943091225 Pages=112
  • Book - Raamayana of Maha Rushi Vaalmiki Translated from Sanskrit into English, 2014, Re.Ad Publishing USA, ISBN 978-1943091225
  • Book - Utthara Raamayana of Maha Rushi Vaalmiki Translated from Sanskrit into English, 2020, USA, ISBN 978-1716455902
  • Chapter "Software Estimation – A Practitioner's Perspective", in the book "Software Quality: The Road Ahead", published by Tata McGraw Hill Education Private Limited, India, 2011
  • Chapter "Impact of COPQ on Capacity Utilization", in the book "Cost of Poor Quality: Concept and Application", published by ICFAI University Press, India, 2008
  • Chapter 6 on Effort Estimation for Software Development projects in the book, The IFPUG Guide to IT and Software Measurement, CRC Press, April 2012, USA


  1. ^ Article in Newspaper Eenadu dated 4 December 2016 under the caption Aayana Maate oh Paatham [1]
  2. ^ Article in Newspaper Eenadu dated 4 December 2016 under the caption Aayana Maate oh Paatham [2]
  3. ^ His papers are published on and are well cited [3].
  4. ^ His technical papers are published on Technology Evaluation Centers website and are replicated on a number of web sites [4].
  5. ^ His technical papers are published on, and are well read [5].
  6. ^ His papers are published on Freethought nation and are well referenced [6].
  7. ^ Transcript of the interview given by Murali Chemuturi to Joe Dager of . [7]
  8. ^ Papaer titled Measure Out Costs in the November 2010 issue of the official journal of IIE, USA, [8]
  9. ^ Citations of Murali Chemuturi on Google Scholar
  10. ^ His Papaer titled Distributing Work for a Revolution, December 2011 issue of the official journal of IIE, USA, [9]
  11. ^ Article in Newspaper The Hindu, dt. 13 October 2016
  12. ^ Video Playlist of Ramayana
  13. ^ Video Playlist of Utthara Ramayana
  14. ^ Video Playlist of Garuda Purana
  15. ^ Video Playlist of Manu Smruthi
  16. ^ Video Playlist of Uddhava Geetha