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Why Function Points?

  • April 7, 2023
  • Updated on: November 22, 2023

Quantitative software measurement extends significant benefits to IT organizations. Relatively few successful, robust, and mature measurement frameworks have been implemented. Function Pointscontinues to be the “de facto” standard for software measurementaround the world.

“When performance is measured, performance improves” (Galorath, D & Evans, M. 2006)

Control of your software development productivity is probably the most tangible benefit derived from the implementation ofFunction Points. Organizations that can measure their productivity (Hours/Function Point) can establish modelsto benchmark their productivity againstthe rest of the industry(which includes competitors and similar organizations)and their own historical performance. Based on this,they can truly startto develop a competitive advantage by identifying ways to develop software faster and cheaper, without impacting quality and overall end user satisfaction.

The impacts of software measurement extend multiple levels within an organization:

At this first level,development teams and project managers are primarily accountable for project delivery. This requiresthe proper tools and methods to track and control performanceas well as the ability to estimate software deliverables (work packages).The second level of the organization features middle managers. These are typically department or business division managers, PMO directors and portfolio/account managers responsible for multiple projects.Metrics that provide this insight include productivity, cost monitoring and control, performance and efficiency, and overall quality.Finally, CEO level managementneed information to make goodstrategic decisions based oninformation provided by software measurement.Function Points are the underpinning metric that makes all this possible.

At Galorath, we willhelp you to:-Familiarize with the counting practices as officially established by IFPUG (www.ifpug.org)-Learn by using real and relevant examples from your organization-Get on your way to the IFPUG CFPScertification-And most important, bring value to your organization in the form of controlled productivity

About the instructor:

Esteban Sanchez is a Galorath instructor, Certified Function Points Specialist who also serves at the IFPUG Functional Sizing Standards Committee(FSSC Board)

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