Function Point Analysis
Frank Glaz, CFPS
Let me show you how to be more cost effective at no charge !
I would like to offer you my expertise and show you why sizing is a critical aspect of managing and controlling project delivery. The importance of having an accurate sizing mechanism has a direct impact on the efficiency of how you utilize your resources and how you manage your budgets. Additionally, accurate sizing allows you to manage effectively requirements definition and scope. Equally important is the sizing methodology that you employ to ensure that the measurement process provides a sound basis for making informed decisions. I am prepared to offer my services to you at no charge for an agreed period of time because I am interested in showing you how to possibly be more IT cost effective.
Function point analysis (FPA) is the functional size method (FSM) defined by IFPUG (Internation Function Point User Group) and is a standard method for quantifying the software deliverable based upon the user view.
The user perspective is interpreted as the user being any person or thing that communicates or interacts with the software at any time, including applications. FPA has successfully been used to size a wide spectrum of applications and projects, including complex financial and accounting, governmental, customer service, manufacturing and telecommunications systems. Over time it has proven effective on both older platforms and emerging technologies (e.g. mainframe, client-server, web, PC, data warehouse, voice response, cloud computing); for a variety of development types (real-time, batch, interactive or control systems); for internal or external development efforts (e.g. on-shore, off-shore, contractor-based); for all development life cycles (waterfall, RAD/JAD, Agile); and for vendor and/or COTS package integrations (SAP, SIEBEL).
Flexibility, usability, consistency, and compliancy are just four of the primary characteristics that drive the value of using function points. As software deliverables are produced, tracked and analyzed, function point sizing can be used in a variety of value-added services :
- Performance Metrics. Using function points as the common size measure normalizes performance metrics across platforms and projects.
Productivity (delivery rate – hours/fps delivered), Quality (defect rate = defects/fps delivered), Schedule (time to market),
Cost ($$/function point delivered) are the cornerstones of performance tracking and improvement using function points.
- Benchmarking. Measuring IT performance internally and externally in a highly competitive industry identifies opportunities for improvement in time to delivery, cost reduction, productivity and customer satisfaction. Benchmarking can also substantiate the value of IT and performed periodically, can be used to prove IT return on investment.
-Ousourcing Service Level Agreements. Comparative delivery rates by platform and defect density are effective in providing a contractual basis for performance standards for outsourcing requirements when functional sizing is used as the common measure.
MY OFFER TO YOU - Allow me to come to your site (or work remotely) free of charge for an agreed length of time and I will measure and deliver performance metrics on whichever applications or projects you would like to see the benefits of FPA demonstrated. Call me at 732-672-0272.