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By Kriste Lawrence, IFPUG Past President

IFPUG is a non-profit, member governed organization that endorses two types of standard methodology for software sizing.

One of the standards is defined in the Function Point Counting Practices Manual (CPM), the recognized industry standard for Function Point Analysis (FPA). It provides a forum for networking and information exchange that promotes and encourages the use of software product and process metrics This standard is ISO Certified.

The other standard are an evolving industry standard defined in the Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP Assessment Practices Manual (APM).

IFPUG is the governing body for the Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS), the Certified Function Point Practitioner (CFPP), and Certified SNAP Practitioner (CSP) certifications.

IFPUG hosts the International Software Measurement and Analysis (ISMA) Conferences as well as periodic educational workshops and seminars.

The mission of the International Function Point Users Group is to be a recognized leader in promoting and encouraging the effective management of application software development and maintenance activities by providing software sizing standards and other software measurement techniques.

The International Function Point Users Group serves to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas for improved software measurement techniques and seeks to provide a composite environment that stimulates the personal and professional development of its members.