Are There Other Types of Function Points?

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We're proponents of COSMIC and IFPUG function points, but there are other types of function points out there. Our latest Trusted Advisor report outlines the various types of function points and evaluates the pros and cons of each type.

If you're interested in function points, then this report is for you!

Trusted Advisor is open to all IT professionals. Though the reports are available to anyone via our website, members of Trusted Advisor can submit the questions that generate each month's report.

Interested in joining Trusted Advisor? Email Mike Harris for more information.

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Why Can't We Get Rid of Testers?

The latest Trusted Advisor report discusses whether automated testing or developer-testing can effectively replace manual testing.

According to the report's author, Tom Cagley, automated testing is not currently sufficient to entirely replace manual testing. In addition, research in unclear on whether or not developers can replace testers. Thus, at present, manual testing is still the optimal choice. Further details and source materials information is available in the report.

Trusted Advisor is free for all IT professionals. As a member, you can submit questions that generate the monthly reports, as well as vote each month on the question you want to have researched.

Those interested in joining should email Mike Harris for more information.

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What Are the Benefits of Estimating Using Vendor Models?

The latest Trusted Advisor report, written by DCG’s David Herron, analyzes vendor-developed estimating models.

The report considers:

  • The key components of an effective estimating model
  • The benefits of effective estimating
  • The challenges impacting effective estimating 
  • The pros and cons of vendor developed estimating model(s)

Members of Trusted Advisor can submit questions for DCG to research and report on. They also have the opportunity to vote each month on the question they are more interested in at that time. A new report is published on a monthly basis.

Those interested in joining should email Mike Harris for more information.

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What is Excellence in Software Development?

This month’s Trusted Advisor report answers the question, “What is Excellence in Software Development?”

To start, the report considers the definition of excellence in terms of development, with a focus on benchmarking. The report concludes that effective benchmarking allows us to better understand the success or failure associated with our development, so that we can appropriately adjust our actions.

Membership to Trusted Advisor is open to all IT professionals, who can then submit questions for DCG to research and report on. A new report is published on a monthly basis. More information is available here.

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Non-Functional Requirements

There is a standard way to size the functional components of software: Function Point Analysis. Function points, by their very name, focus on the delivered functionality of software - thus, they do not account for non-functional development.

However, most Certified Function Point Specialist have encountered projects with significant development requirements for non-functional work.

Thus, IFPUG developed SNAP, the Software Non-functional Assessment Process, which supplements the Funtion Point Analysis sizing methodology and provides a sizing technique for the non-functional component of software.

This month's Trusted Advisor report outlines the SNAP framework and discusses how it can be used for sizing non-functional requirements - and why it's best used in tandem with Function Point Analysis.

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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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