Metric Views – Call for Contributions by 12/1/2012

Dear IFPUG Members,

IFPUG will be publishing a printed edition of MetricViews – Vol 7 Issue 1 in January of 2013.

This is your opportunity to get your message out, jump start a discussion or document and publicize achievements and milestones in the metrics world. Once again, our focus is on the use of metrics as the basis and support for excellence in project, product and/or release management using IFPUG based Function Point Analysis.

Let us know how you use function points, e.g., setting initial ballpark parameters of investment and then using and refining these to provide traceable forecasts of effort; defining work packages using functional sizing; or mapping deliverables (transaction functions) against effort to monitor progress, we want to know about it. We want to spread the word.

So please, if you have done it, write it down and send it to us. If you have written it, polish it up and send it in. If you have talked about it, document your thoughts and, yes, send it to us. We are always looking for meaningful uses of Function Point Analysis. If you would like to submit an article to be featured in the next issue, please provide your Word document to cmc@ifpug.org by 12/1/2012.

MetricViews – your window to the world of metrics.
Thank you,
IFPUG CMC

ISMA7 PHOENIX News!

ISMA7 is now history and as the sun sets on Phoenix it rises for ISMA8 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2013!

ISMA7 in Phoenix was an extremely diverse software measurement event, with presentations covering cultural perspectives, mobile, gaming, estimation, advanced technologies and of course functional and non-functional sizing. The panel discussion with Systems Integrators and Function Point experts was very energetic, demonstrating the need and commitment to software measurement in the Information Technology industry.

This year’s conference included executive presentations including the CIO from Caesars Entertainment, Charly Paelinck, Senior VP of US Sales at Insight, Dave Woodward and Dr. Ricardo Valerdi, Associate Professor, University of Arizona, Department of Systems & Industrial Engineering, Jacob Kashiwagi, M.S., Program Manager, Arizona State University (PBSRG), providing a glimpse into the future of Information Technology. There were also many presentations which covered Measurement, Technology, and Innovations which are sure to Shape the Future.

Along with the workshops which preceded the conference, the educational possibilities were plentiful. As always, networking opportunities coupled with good food abounded. Those who joined us at the Special Event held at the Phoenix Zoo will attest to an enjoyable, relaxing evening of good food and good company. The Conference ended with the IFPUG Annual Meeting where Linda Hughes was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award. In addition members of the Information Technology Performance Committee were honored with the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award. The Innovations Works! Award sponsored by David Consulting Group was awarded to Lionel Perrot.

An autographed copy of the new book The IFPUG Guide to IT and Software Measurement was presented to David Thompson. This book was made possible by many dedicated IFPUG members whose work was greatly appreciated.

So start planning now to join us late September or early October for ISMA8 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. You won’t want to miss out!

Where in the world is ISMA8?

If you don’t know what this means…A Roce

Then you didn’t attend ISMA7!!

Don’t be left out next year, ISMA8 will be going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the week of September 29, 2013. Start your travel plans now!