Method Overview

Abran, A.,Desharnais JM., Oligny S., St-Pierre D., Symons C.

This document is aimed at people who need an introduction to software size measurement and its uses, and who want an overview of the COSMIC method, but not all of its details. By entering your name and e-mail address below you can get access to the document free of charge.
The COSMIC method is an internationally standardized method (ISO/IEC 19761) for measuring a size of the functional requirements of most software domains, including business application (or ‘management information system’) software, real-time software, infrastructure software and some types of scientific/engineering software.
COSMIC stands for the ‘Common Software Measurement International Consortium’. It was formed in 1998 by a group of software measurement experts from Australia, Europe and North America, with the aim of developing a new method of measuring software size based on well-established software engineering principles and metrology criteria. Its publications are completely open and available for free download.
The method is now very widely used around the world, in all the domains for which it was designed, for purposes such as the measurement of sizes in software contracts, and is successfully applied for project performance measurement, benchmarking and estimating.
Do you want an introduction to the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of software size measurement and why COSMIC was developed? Read chapters 1, 2 and 3.
Do you want a two-page overview of the COSMIC method? Read chapter 4.
Do you want a more detailed introduction to the COSMIC method, but not the full details of the Measurement Manual? Read chapters 5, 6 and 7.
Do you want to know about the advantages and benefits of using the COSMIC method? Read chapter 8.

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