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 www.ifpug.org.
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
A Portuguese translation of the IFPUG Assessment Practices Manual (For implementing SNAP) Version 2.0 is now available in the IFPUG Online Store.
To acquire a copy, navigate to the IFPUG Member Services Area, log in, and select the Online Store. You’ll see the manual listed as a Featured Product.
Click on the link to the document, and, in the next window that opens, add the document to your shopping cart.
Then proceed to checkout to complete the transaction.
Then go to “My IFPUG Info”, select “My Transactions”, Right-click on the “Product Name” hyperlink, and select “Save Target As” to download and save the file.