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Measuring The Software Process: A Practical Guide to Functional Measurements Textbook Binding – December 21, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Yourdon Press Computing Series
  • Textbook Binding: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 1 edition (December 21, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0133490025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133490022
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,214,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book shows how to successfully execute the function point counting methodology, based on the current rules and guidelines set forth by the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG).

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Function point counting is one of the fastest growing software management techniques used in the software industry today. This book shows how to successfully execute the function point counting methodology, based on the current rules and guidelines set forth by the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG). Covers software measurement and the application of the function point methodology, the specific rules and guidelines of the function point methodology, and function point uses and benefits. For programmers and software development managers.

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After graduation from UCLA with a commission in the Navy, I served as a Navy Supply Corps Officer (principally in organizational planning, inventory control, and financial management). Concurrently, I taught college-level courses in management, accounting, banking, finance, computer programming, system development, information systems, and data processing. I retired from the Navy to become the Development Manager at the CACI Design and Development Center, in Mechanicsburg, PA. I left CACI after 10 years to found DDB Software and The David Consulting Group (DCG) with my partner, David Herron. DCG assisted clients in identifying opportunities for improvements in productivity and software quality. We recommended organizational improvements in process, techniques, tools, environment, personnel, and management. I had a strong reputation in my professional, personal, and spiritual life for integrity, honesty, and faith.
I currently serve as a Past President of the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG), a large international nonprofit group known for sizing techniques associated with computer software. I am a speaker and author for The IT Metrics and Productivity Institute. I have written many articles and several books for Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley and Auerbach Publications. I am the most proud of my service work. I have served as Vice Chair of Kairos Prison Ministry International responsible for Long Range Planning and as a member of Foundation Board 3 years as well as a member of Finance, Audit, HR, and Location Committees. In addition to my service work in the mission field at church and my involvement in Kairos, I was a Founding Director of Waste Not Want Not in Orange Park, which redistributed approximately two million pounds of overstocked or overage food in 2013.
I received a BS from UCLA; Honor Graduate recognition at Navy Supply Corps School; MBA from Harvard Business School; Certificate in Team Leadership Development in Nonprofit Organizations from Rollins College; Team Training from Northeast Florida Nonprofit Leadership Center; and am currently a candidate for a doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rashed Iqbal on April 4, 2000
Format: Textbook Binding
The book is a great asset to those who want to learn and apply FPA method. I am amazed how well the authors have covered almost all aspects of FPA in this rather small volume. With this book, I hardly needed to resort to other references for counting function points in small and medium sized applications. Very well written book. I wish the authors consider a new addition in light of rather recent developments at IFPUG.
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Format: Textbook Binding
This book was written almost five years to the day before the authors' later "Function Point Analysis: Measurement Practices for Successful Software Projects". It provides the foundation for the later book with a significant amount of overlap, but with some key differences as well.

The theme of both books is function point analysis as a software estimating technique. The focus of this book, however, is FP counting and analysis techniques with an emphasis on software engineering as a coherent process. The material is more geared towards introducing FP and making a business and technical case for using this technique. In my experience FP is most effective when used to estimate the scale of a software development project, while the traditional lines of source code metric is better suited to estimating size. Each has a place in an integrated approach to estimation, but this book is solely focused on FP.

If you want a higher level view of FP because you're exploring it as an estimating technique this book is ideal. It covers the reasons for, and philosophy behind, FP, and also goes into considerable detail. However, if you have standardized on FP as an estimating technique I think the later book, "Function Point Analysis: Measurement Practices for Successful Software Projects", will better meet your needs because it goes into much deeper detail and can serve as a desk reference. Both books have a place in the body of knowledge for software metrics and estimating, and both will be valid for years to come.
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