The 10th IFPUG International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference (ISMA10), “Creating Value from Measurement”, was held April 30, 2015 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel (704-392-1200) in Charlotte, North Carolina USA.

Conference attendance was free to IFPUG Members!  Click here to learn more about becoming an IFPUG member!

Over the last several years, Information Technology organizations have been moving their focus from software to services and non-functional issues. Function Point Analysis still remains the standard for estimating and sizing software solutions from functional user requirements, but in some scenarios needs to be augmented by other metrics that deal with the non-functional requirements. SNAP, the IFPUG method for sizing non-functional requirements does that. Well-known best practices for service management, such as Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI), and ISO 20000 standards, consider ‘value’ as the key metric. Value-based management deals with balancing short-term and long-term goals of stakeholders with differing perspectives, using informed decision making to stay competitive in the marketplace.

This tenth edition of the IFPUG ISMA Conference provided a forum for practitioners and researchers to discuss the most recent advances in planning and sustaining measurement programs from both practical and theoretical perspectives. We invited professionals responsible for, involved in, or interested in software measurement to share innovative ideas, experiences, and concerns within this scope.  The conference was the 4th day of a 4-day agenda that includes workshops and a CSP Exam.  See below for details.


ISMA10 will be held at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA).  Click here for a map.

  • Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel
    3315 Scott Futrell Drive, Charlotte NC 28208 United States

Download the Conference Brochure here.

PMI Members — Earn up to 8 PDUs by participating! Go here for details.  Earn up to 14 more PDUs by participating in a Workshop.

IFPUG CFPS certified Members — This conference provides Certification Extension Credit!

Detailed Schedule (Apr 27-30, 2015)

The conference is part of a ‘measurement’ week with more events: see the following picture for details

Conference Agenda/Program
The agenda for this upcoming conference will include the following presentations (presenters in alphabetical order- click on the presentation title to access the related abstract):

Author Title
Clark Walton Digital Forensics: The Evidence Left Behind [keynote speech]
Philippe Guerin & Barbara Beech Enabling Enterprise Productivity Measurement by Combining Manual and Automated Functional Sizing
Carol Dekkers Not Your Father’s FP — Counting FP for Agile / Iterative Software Development
Christine Green Measuring for Other Things Than Just Cost
Dan Horvath Using Project History to Produce Effective Estimates
George Mitwasi Integrating SNAP into an Established FP Based Estimation and Measurements Program
Joe Schofield Implications and Opportunities Relevant to “Agile” Measurement
Eduardo Silva Function Point Analysis in Integrating the Knowledge Areas of Software Projects
Adri Timp Early Function Point Analysis and Consistent Cost Estimating

Workshops (two-days each)

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  • Applying Function Points to Emerging Business Technologies
    Want to practice counting in different environments and have fun doing it? Need credit for recertification? Want to discuss counting scenarios and streamlined counting techniques? Then this is the class for you! This expanded two-day class will apply the latest IFPUG counting practices counting rules in advanced situations and to a variety of technologies and environments, including Agile software development. This class will accelerate your comprehension of the Function Point Analysis technique through intensive instruction, lively conversation and hands-on practical application.First, we will quickly review Function Point counting concepts. Then we will cover the following topics with hands on case studies: Mobile Devices, Embedded Systems, Middleware and Real-time Systems, Cloud Computing, Vendor Packages, Data Warehouse, and Counting in an Agile Environment. We will help you understand the principles, implications and differences behind these techniques and environmentsPrerequisites: Attendees must have previously taken an introductory Function Point course or have experience as a Function Point counter.Taught by Sheila Dennis (CFPS), well known in the IFPUG arena and a frequent teacher at ISMA. She brings over 25 years of counting and process improvement experience in government and business into the classroom. After serving over 20 years in the Department of Defense, she joined the David Consulting Group as a consultant and vice-president. Being the account manager for large corporations, she was focused on not only counting but how to use function points in operational metrics, forecasting models and benchmarking. Her teaching style is relaxed, interactive and uses a variety of teaching aids. She believes that learning should be both interesting and enjoyable, and would love to have you in her class
    This workshop is eligible for CEC CreditThis workshop is eligible for up to 14 PMI Category B PDUs.
  • SNAP (Software Non-functional Assessment Practices) Workshop
    A two-day face-to-face workshop will enable attendees to interact with peers and other people who have extended knowledge in using SNAP.At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to perform an assessment of Non Functional Requirements (NFRs) for projects or applications to obtain their NFR size in a rigorous, objective manner.The expected target audience includes Measurement and Development specialists seeking to understand the IFPUG guidelines for sizing and estimating NFRs. The participants of the workshop are expected to have a basic understanding of the IFPUG CPM.All participants will need to have a copy of the latest version of the SNAP APM 2.2. (please download the Assessment Practice Manual (APM) release 2.2 from the IFPUG online store prior to the workshop).Do you want to know more on SNAP?Click here: Taught by Mary Dale Senior Consultant, Q/P Management Group.   She specializes in improving software quality and productivity through measurement. Her areas of expertise include function point analysis, establishing measurement programs, quality assurance, process improvement, outsourcing evaluation, and project management. Prior to joining Q/P, Ms. Dale was a Business Planning Consultant for Electronic Data Systems (HP/EDS), where she managed the Central Metrics Group (CMG), a team of measurement specialists, statistical analysts and estimating experts providing thought leadership and expertise in the areas of metrics program consulting, application estimating, application sizing, and data analysis. This workshop is eligible for up to 14 PMI Category B PDUs.

More Information:

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Conference Proceedings

Accepted presentations and papers will be available for members to view, after the conference, in the Knowledge Base that is in the IFPUG Member Services Area of the IFPUG website.

Past ISMA editions:

Would you like to access to the previous presentations/papers of the other ISMA conferences? Please click here to browse the desired contents from our website.