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Defining the X-factor: What is an ounce of software worth?

Ask how big a software project was, and we will often hear, Oh, about 11,000 hours.

Huh? Size doesn't have units of time. How big was another 11,000-hour project that was canceled without producing any software? Or a third 11,000-hour project that produced only a little bitof software, but software that was extremely profitable? There's an intuitive sense o......

Full article >>> it's now an ISO standard (ISO/IEC 20926:2003). Function Points originated inside IBM over 30 years ago, and the ISO standard version is maintained by the International Function Point Users' Group.

Function Point Analysis (FPA) identifies and quantifies the data flows in and out of an information system, and the informatio......

Full article >>> ing, and prioritizing the user stories, features, or whatever form requirements take.

Function Points are best understood by example rather than explanation. A good place to introduce them for immediate effect is project estimation. Choose a project that's just getting underway. Select several comparable projects based on team, technology, and overall character, and count the FP delivered......

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Gates displays software's future to UW-Madison students

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