IFPUG is excited to offer the sizing community an opportunity to license the Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP) training material. SNAP provides organizations and projects with a means to develop a quantifiable measure for the non-functional requirements (NFR). Sizing non-functional requirements can be used by software development to plan and manage projects better, saving organizations time and money. SNAP provides organizations with a tool that can provide a unique competitive advantage compared to other software sizing methods which do not account for non-functional software size.
The license of SNAP training material will jump start any SNAP rollout by providing the training material needed. Here are details.
About a year ago, volunteers from several companies, located in 10 countries worldwide and working in 10 different industries, participated in the SNAP Beta test and validated the correlation between SNAP size and work effort.
This work brought a supreme contribution to the success of SNAP. The interest in SNAP is constantly growing, more and more companies are interested in using SNAP and manufacturers of estimation tools are interested in incorporating SNAP into their tools.
The IFPUG NFSS Comittee invites you as IFPUG members and your development organizations to participate in the collection of SNAP data for the purpose of publishing Non-Functional size benchmarks. The collection of non-functional size data is critical to the process of standardizing SNAP as the leading non-functional sizing method.
The SNAP Team is requesting the involvement from a wide variety of organizations including yours. This will allow us to produce an effective set of data. This important effort is a volunteer commitment. Each organization will be asked to send data from projects that were assessed using SNAP. The SNAP Team will provide a form to record your effort, results and experience.
We also ask your help in publishing case studies, describing how non-functional requirements were analyzed and sized. These Case studies will be published either as additional examples in the next APM releases, or as stand-alone documents, on the IFPUG on-line store. In both cases, the author name will be published with the case study.
If you are interested in assisting us, please respond by 31 of December 2013 by sending an email to the following email address NFSSC@IFPUG.ORG.
All data from participating organizations will be held in the strictest confidence. IFPUG will eliminate any reference to individuals or organizations prior to passing data to benchmarking repositories and estimation tools’ database.
Kathy Lamoureaux, CFPS
An article* by Joe Schofield, Alan Armentrout, and Regina Trujillo, “Function Points, Use Case Points, Story Points — Observations From a Case Study” has just been published in the May/June issue of Crosstalk magazine! See pages 23 – 27.
Abstract: Software development success, estimation, and measured value continue to challenge projects and organizations today. Schedule and budget seem predictable, perhaps unjustifiably in light of the inability to capture product size expectations early and often. Function Points (FP), Use Case Points (UCP), and Story Points (SP) are three approaches for establishing size (or size of effort). Each of these is applied in a case study to identity similarities and differences. The measure of preference is left to the discerning reader. Limited details about the project, its team size, duration, and goals are intentionally excluded from the research since the intended focus is on comparing the projects measurements.
* Schofield, Joe, Armemtrout, Alan, and Trujillo, Regina, “Function Points, Use Case Points, Story Points — Observations From a Case Study”; CrossTalk – the Journal of Defense Software Engineering, Vol 26 No 3, May/June 2013, pp 23 – 27.