Adopts Automated Function Point Specification
Key Player, CISQ, to Host Webinar to Discuss New
Needham, MA- 01-17-2013- The Object Management Group
(OMG®) Board of Directors has adopted the Automated
Function Point (AFP) specification. The push for adoption
was led by the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ®),
which is hosting a webinar to discuss the standard on
Thursday, February 14th at 11am.
AFP provides a standard for automating the popular
Function Point measure according to the counting guidelines
of the International Function Point User Group (IFPUG).
While there are several automated counters available in the
market, there has never been a standard that ensures they
are all counting the same way.
"The announcement by OMG of a specification for
[AFP] counting should dramatically expand the use of
Function Points for sizing IT applications," stated Dr.
Bill Curtis, Director, CISQ. "By dramatically reducing
the cost of counting and eliminating the problem of
inconsistency among manual counters, automated Function
Point measurement can become a standard component of the
software development and maintenance process."
"The arrival of automated high-speed function point
counting…will elevate the importance of function point
analysis from being a tool for mid-range applications to
becoming a powerful tool for executive analysis of the
largest and costliest software applications," says
Capers Jones, software industry measurement expert, VP and
CTO, Namcook Analytics. "Both software productivity and
software quality data based on function points will expand
rapidly, as will reliable software benchmarks."
Function Points measure the size of IT application
software by measuring the business functionality the
application provides to users. The Function Point count is a
critical input for other parameters such as cost
effectiveness and productivity.
AFP is available to the public for free download at
www.omg.org. The CISQ webinar will be led by Dr. Curtis and
David Herron, coauthor of Function Point Analysis, who led
the international team that developed the specification.
Visit www.it-cisq.org for more information and to register.
OMG® is an international, open membership, not-for-profit
computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces
develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of
technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s
modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution
and maintenance of software and other processes. For more
information, visit www.omg.org.
The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is an IT
industry leadership group comprised of IT executives from
the Global 2000, system integrators, outsourced service
providers, and software technology vendors committed to
introduce a computable metrics standard for measuring
software quality and size. CISQ is a neutral, open forum in
which customers and suppliers of IT application software can
develop an industry-wide agenda of actions for improving IT
application quality and reduce cost and risk.
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