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SPaMCAST 145 - Metrics Minute: IFPUG Function Points

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 145!

In the SPaMCAST 145 we have an entry of the Metrics Minute. IFPUG Function Points are a measure of the functionality delivered by the project or application being counted based on a set of rules documented in the IFPUG Counting Practices Manual. The measure of delivered functionality is a proxy for size which can be used in estimating and measuring work. An analogy for function points is the measure of the number of square feet (or square meters) of a house. Knowing the number of square feet provides one view of the house but not other attributes such as price and number of bedrooms.Knowledge of functional size is a step in understanding development and / or maintenance effort.

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Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

 

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SPaMCAST 146 features my interview with Michael West!  Mr West wrote "Real Process Improvement Using the CMMI." We discussed the book and how and why the CMMI can be a tool for process improvment.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_145_-_Metrics_Minute_-_IFPUG_Function_Points.mp3
Category:Function Points -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

SPaMCAST 142 - Capers Jones, Function Points and Value Metrics

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 142!

SPaMCAST 142 features my interview with Capers Jones.  Capers is an iconic figure in the field of software measurement and estimation.  In this interview we discussed function points, value metrics, software inspections and more.  As always Capers is evocative and thought provoking.

Capers Jones is currently the President and CEO of Capers Jones & Associates LLC.  He is also the founder and former chairman of Software Productivity Research LLC (SPR).  He holds the title of Chief Scientist Emeritus at SPR.   Capers Jones founded SPR in 1984. Before founding SPR Capers was Assistant Director of Programming Technology for the ITT Corporation at the Programming Technology Center in Stratford, Connecticut.  He was also a manager and researcher at IBM in California.

Capers is a well-known author and international public speaker.  Some of his books have been translated into six languages.  All of his books are translated into Japanese and his newest books are available in Chinese editions as well.  

Among his book titles are Patterns of Software Systems Failure and Success (Prentice Hall 1994), Applied Software Measurement, 3rd edition; (McGraw Hill 2008), Software Quality: Analysis and Guidelines for Success (International Thomson 1997), Estimating Software Costs, 2nd edition (McGraw Hill 2007), and Software Assessments, Benchmarks, and Best Practices (Addison Wesley Longman 2000).  The 3rd edition of his book Applied Software Measurement was published in the Spring of 2008. His book entitled Software Engineering Best Practices was published by McGraw Hill in October of 2009.  His current book is The Economics of Software Quality with Olivier Bonsignour as co-author, Addison Wesley, 2011.

Capers and his colleagues have collected historical data from more than 600 corporations and more than 30 government organizations.  This historical data is a key resource for judging the effectiveness of software process improvement methods.  More than 13,000 projects have been reviewed.  

In addition to his technical books, Mr. Jones has also received recognition as an historian after the publication of The History and Future of Narragansett Bay in 2006 by Universal Publishers. His research studies include quality estimating, quality measurement, software cost and schedule estimation, software metrics, and risk analysis.

Mr. Jones has consulted at more than 150 large corporations and also at a number of government organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Courts.  He has also worked with several State governments.

Email:  cjonesiii@cs.com

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received great unsolicited reviews and the book has been picked up as a text book for university level work.  Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
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In the SPaMCAST 143 will deliver a checklist for use when preparing for a journey along the CMMI highway.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_142_-_Capers_Jones_Function_Points_and_Value_Metrics.mp3
Category:Function Points -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 128 -Garmus, Russac, Edwards, Certified Function Point Specialist Examination Guide

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 128!

SPaMCAST 128 features my interview with with Dave Garmus, Janet Russac and Royce Edwards discussing thier book, Certified Function Point Specialist Examination Guide.  If you are interested in functional metrics this interview will be right down your alley.

This was David Garmus’ fourth book. Two of his previous books were co-authored with his business partner, David Herron, on functional measurement. Mr. Garmus is an acknowledged authority in the sizing, measurement and estimation of software application development and maintenance. As a co-founder of the David Consulting Group, he  supports software development organizations in achieving software excellence with a metric-centered approach.

Mr. Garmus is a Past President of IFPUG and member of the IFPUG Counting Practices Committee. He has a BS from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He has spoken at numerous conferences and written many articles and books on various measurement related topics.

Mr. Garmus is a Certified Function Point Specialist, having fulfilled all IFPUG requirements for this title under all releases of the IFPUG Counting Practices Manual, and a Certified Software Measurement Specialist.

Ms. Russac has over 30 years of experience as a programmer, analyst and measurement specialist in software application development and maintenance. In 2008, she formed her own company, Software Measurement Expertise, Inc. (SME). Prior to that, she worked for The David Consulting Group, Software Productivity Research, IBM Global Services and Prudential Insurance as a lead function point analyst, software measurement specialist, estimator and instructor in these areas. She has implemented software development measurement programs and used various software development metrics, including function points, to recommend business decisions and identify best practices and process improvements in client organizations.

In addition, Ms. Russac is a published author and presents workshops at companies, professional organizations and conferences, as well as being a featured speaker at conferences.Ms. Russac is on the Board of Directors for the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG).


Royce Edwards is a senior consultant for Software Composition Technologies, where he applies function point analysis and software estimation techniques to resolve business challenges in software development organizations. He is a software management professional with over 25 years of experience in development, reverse engineering, systems administration, architecture, and software analysis. Mr. Edwards brings an accomplished and unique skill set to software measurement and estimation. He has advised a diverse list of clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, scientific, government, and information technology areas, and he has mastered the adaptation of solutions to meet the needs of varied organizational environments. Mr. Edwards frequently teaches workshops related specifically to Web application measurement. He has presented research papers at conferences and has written articles and white papers for various publications. Mr. Edwards is a Certified Function Point Specialist and a member of the IFPUG Counting Practices Committee.

Contact Information:
David Garmus:  dg@davidconsultinggroup.com
Janet Russac:  jrussac@softwaremeasurementexpertise.com
Royce Edwards: Royce@RoyceEdwards.com


Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

Have you bought your copy?


Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV


Next!
SPaMCAST 129 I will continue  "Agile is from Venus and PMOs are from Mars". This essay has sparked a bit of controversy . . . and part two may add to it.

 

 


SPaMCAST 20 Garmus, IFPUG Function Points, Tailoring

Software Process and Measurement
Show 20!

Show 20 features Part 2 of an interview with Dave Garmus discussing IFPUG Function Points.  David Garmus is one of the Founders of The David Consulting Group (DCG). David is an acknowledged authority in the sizing, measurement and estimation of software application development. He is a Past President of the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG) and a member of their Counting Practices Committee. Mr. Garmus is also a member of PMI, SEI and QAI. He has a BS from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He has spoken at numerous conferences and has written many articles and several books, including:

·        Measuring The Software Process: A Practical Guide To Functional Measurements, Prentice Hall, 1996

·        Function Point Analysis; Measurement Practices for Successful Software Projects, Addison-Wesley, 2001

·        IT Measurement; Practical Advice from the Experts, Addison-Wesley, 2002 as a Contributor

·        “IT Metrics and Benchmarking," Cutter IT Journal, June & November 2003 issues, Guest Editor

·        “Identifying Your Organization’s Best Practices," CrossTalk, June 2005

·        “An Introduction to Function Point Counting," Projects & Profits, ICFAI, June 2005

·        “The Principles of Sizing and Estimating Projects Using IFPUG Function Points," Software Tech News, June 2006

                                                     

The essay is titled “Tailoring and Worktypes."  The text of this commentary can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and corrections are welcome.

 

Remember that comments and feedback are welcome! 

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . . . 

Email SPaMCAST at spamcastinfo@gmail.com

Voice messages can be left at 1-206-888-6111

Twitter – www.twitter.com/tcagley

BLOG – www.tcagley.wordpress.com

Future Events:

On Tuesday November 13th I am presenting Traceability: A Proposal for a Scalable Approach, Agile To Formal at the Fourth Annual International Conference on Software Process Improvement in Orlando.    Information can be found at www.icspi.com.  On November 16th I will be delivering a tutorial titled “Implementing an Effective Measurement Program."  Spamcast listeners should let me know if you are coming and we can schedule a meet up.

 

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature an interview with Miranda Mason of Accenture on sourcing metrics programs.   Sourcing your metrics program is not a topic that gets a lot of press however the practice is becoming more common and bears examination.   

Direct download: SPaMCAST_20_-_Garmus_Function_Points_and_Tailoring.mp3
Category:Function Points -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 19 Garmus, IFPUG Function Points, Stockholm Syndrome

Software Process and Measurement Cast
Show 19!

Show 19 features an interview with Dave Garmus discussing IFPUG Function Points. 

David Garmus is one of the Founders of The David Consulting Group (DCG). David is an acknowledged authority in the sizing, measurement and estimation of software application development. He is a Past President of the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG) and a member of their Counting Practices Committee. Mr. Garmus is also a member of PMI, SEI and QAI. He has a BS from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He has spoken at numerous conferences and has written many articles and several books, including:

·        Measuring The Software Process: A Practical Guide To Functional Measurements, Prentice Hall, 1996

·        Function Point Analysis; Measurement Practices for Successful Software Projects, Addison-Wesley, 2001

·        IT Measurement; Practical Advice from the Experts, Addison-Wesley, 2002 as a Contributor

·        “IT Metrics and Benchmarking," Cutter IT Journal, June & November 2003 issues, Guest Editor

·        “Identifying Your Organization’s Best Practices," CrossTalk, June 2005

·        “An Introduction to Function Point Counting," Projects & Profits, ICFAI, June 2005

·        “The Principles of Sizing and Estimating Projects Using IFPUG Function Points," Software Tech News, June 2006

The essay is titled “Stockholm Syndrome and Outsourcing."  The text of this commentary can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and corrections are welcome.

Remember that comments and feedback are welcome! 

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . . . 

Email SPaMCAST  at spamcastinfo@gmail.com

Voice messages can be left at 1-206-888-6111

Twitter – www.twitter.com/tcagley

BLOG – www.tcagley.wordpress.com

Future Events:

On October 11 I will be presenting a DCG / CAI Webinar titled Benchmarking Performance for the Bottom Line - October 11th, 2007, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST go to www.davidconsultingroup.com website to register.

 

On Tuesday November 13th I am presenting Traceability: A Proposal for a Scalable Approach, Agile To Formal at the Fourth Annual International Conference on Software Process Improvement in Orlando.    Information can be found at www.icspi.com.  On November 16th I will be delivering a tutorial titled “Implementing an Effective Measurement Program."  Spamcast listeners should let me know if you are coming and we can schedule a meet up.

 
Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature Part 1 of the interview with Dave Garmus covering IFPUG Function Points, if you are interested in functional measurement this is a must cast. 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_19_Garmus_IFPUG_Function_Points_Stoclholm_Syndrome.mp3
Category:Function Points -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT