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