Announcing the Results of the World’s first SNAP Certification Exam!

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ, November 12, 2013

IFPUG is pleased to announce the results of the world’s first certification exam for the Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP) size measurement held at ISMA 8 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Twenty exam participants were awarded the title of Certified SNAP Practitioner. This first class of certified practitioners joins the hundreds of Certified Function Point Specialists across the globe certified by the International Function Point Users Group.

The Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP) provides a quantifiable measure for the Non-Functional Requirements (NFR) which allows organizations to build historical data that can be referenced to assist in decision making for the technical and/or quality aspects of applications.   Non-functional requirements which until the advent of SNAP have not been consistently measureable, can contribute substantially to the effort required to bring software projects to market. The inability to measure non-functional size has been one the major reasons that many software projects are late or over budget.

The SNAP standard provides organizations using IFPUG measures with a unique competitive advantage to those using other software sizing methods which do not account for non-functional software size. The Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP) Assessment Practices Manual is released under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. IFPUG is the first international functional sizing standards organization to release a sizing standard under the Creative Commons License.



The International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG), a non-profit, volunteer organization, maintains the rules and procedures for calculating Function Points and the Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP). The definitions, available from IFPUG, are documented in the Function Point Counting Practices Manual. IFPUG, the premier software measurement organization, promotes and encourages the effective management of software development and maintenance activities through the use of Function Point Analysis and other software measurement techniques. IFPUG conferences, workshops and membership provide a forum for networking, education and information exchange that encourages the use of software product and process metrics.  The IFPUG website is

Election Results!

Dear IFPUG Community,

The IFPUG Board of Directors Election was recently completed. There were four positions on the board available for election with six candidates. Ballots were received from 18 countries. Thank you to each of you who participated in the election process this year.

 The candidates elected and their positions on the board are:

  • Mauricio Aguiar
  • Luigi Buglione
  • Tom Cagley
  • Dacil Castelo

Please welcome our returning and new board members.

 Tom Cagley will become IFPUG Vice President, Debra Maschino will continue as IFPUG Treasurer, and Lori Holmes will become IFPUG Secretary Mauricio Aguiar will continue as the Director – International/ Organizational Affairs.

 The Board wants to thank the two current directors that are leaving the board for their incredible service to IFPUG Community:

  • Bruce Rogora
  • Steve Woodward

With these changes, the Board Officers will be as follows:

President – Kriste Lawrence
Vice President – Tom Cagley
Immediate Past President – Joe Schofield
Treasurer – Debra Maschino
Secretary – Lori Holmes

 Additional Board assignments will be forthcoming.

These changes will become official as of November 1, 2013.


Bruce Rogora
Chair, IFPUG 2013 Nominating Committee
IFPUG Immediate Past President

Cc:  Nominating Committee:
Kriste Lawrence, IFPUG Vice President
James McCauley, IFPUG Member At-Large

SNAP Assessment Practices Manual v 2.1 is Released

The International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG) is pleased to announce the new release of the Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP) Assessment Practices Manual 2.1 under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike License.

 Release 2.1 contains clarifications, based on questions and comments of users.

  • The sizing of Coda Data was inserted into the relevant sub-categories.
  • The term “extensive mathematical operations” is widely explained in sub-category 1.2 Logical and Mathematical Operations
  • In sub-category 1.5, the SCU definition better explains the case of using several logical files.
  • More clarifications per users requests

To obtain a copy of the manual, navigate to the IFPUG Online Store, select the Featured Product: Software Non-functional Assessment Process Manual (APM) 2.1 No Charge,  and complete and submit an order for an electronic copy.  You will be asked to log in, as either a member or a guest, in order to check out.