COSMIC FULL FUNCTION POINTS
THE NEXT GENERATION
Function point analysis is a very solid method for measuring the functional
size of a complete data-driven information system. It is a proven method for a
quarter of a century will still be useful for many years. But more and more we
can see a trend that software developments do not deliver complete systems
anymore but are becoming an assembly of components. We also see more and
more devices with event-driven software instead of data-driven software.
This asks for a next generation of functional sizing techniques to deal with
this kind of software with a different nature than the software Albrecht designed
function point analysis for. One of the more promising next generation
techniques for functional sizing is the Full Function Point-method of COSMIC,
the COmmon Software Metrics International Consortium.
In this article the method will be described in brief and the advantages and
disadvantages of this next generation technique will be explained to give you a
clear picture when it is useful to deploy COSMIC Full Function Points instead of
function point analysis.
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