English Language Automated CFPS Exam 4.3 GO LIVE DATE August 4, 2010!
The English Language version of the Automated CFPS Exam will be updated to reflect the IFPUG Counting Practices Manual Version 4.3.
The worldwide release date is August 4, 2010. The Automated CFPS Exam for Italian, Korean, and Portuguese will be updated approximately six months after the release of the specific translation of the IFPUG Counting Practices Manual Version 4.3.
ISBSG - Analysis of Project Durations by Size and Effort SPECIAL REPORT
Effort and duration are the two main factors that are sought from software estimation exercises. Customers for software want to know how long it will take to develop the software and how much it will cost.Cost can be derived once the effort is known.
The ISBSG has just released a new Special Analysis Report "Project Durations by Size and Effort" which concentrates on project duration.The report provides useful information that can be used to obtain an approximate duration for a software project based on the known software size or effort; or to provide a "reality check" of an existing estimate of duration.
The report can be purchased for €200EUR from http://www.isbsg.org/ISBSG.nsf/WebPurchaseRequest?OpenForm
The report is available FREE to Development & Enhancement Web Subscribers. Click here to find out more about the benefits of becoming a Web Subscriber: subscribe ,http://www.isbsg.org/subscribe
ISBSG - Checking the reality of estimates
How do you know if the software estimate/quote you have received or devised is realistic? Low bids can be as risky as high ones. Incompetents are as dangerous as charlatans.
To check the reality of estimates you can use the ISBSG on-line Reality Check tool FREE from now until May 15 2010. Normally only available through the ISBSG Web Subscription Service, this simple but effective Tool uses industry data from the ISBSG repository to provide an indication of whether an estimate is realistic.The tool is simple to use - just three quick steps.
If you haven't got a current estimate to check, play with the tool to discover what's possible.
If you need to quickly size your software go to Rules of Thumb:http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ISBSG/59b5cb1d2a/30fec50452/074c616017/open
For free access to the ISBSG on-line Reality Check tool between now and May 15 click here:http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ISBSG/59b5cb1d2a/30fec50452/2637c4d747
Extend your access to the Reality Check tool past May 15 by taking out an ISBSG Subscription. This service provides Special Reports, Graphs and Charts as well as the Reality Check Tool to help you with estimating, benchmarking and project planning & management. Click here to find out more.http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ISBSG/59b5cb1d2a/30fec50452/afa53476e2 Click here to subscribe.
In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 75 (SPaMCAST), Tom Cagley interviewed Bonnie Brown. The updated IFPUG Function Point Counting Practice Manual (release 4.3), that went into effect January 1,2010, was discussed. While the new manual includes minimal rule changes, it does include a new section on conversions, more definitions and is generally a cleaner and therefore more usable format. Bonnie provided great insight into the contents and construction of the manual. Hear the interview on ITunes or go to www.spamcast.net
and click on the category IFPUG Function Points.
Release 11 of the ISBSG Estimating, Benchmarking & Research Suite is now available
This latest release contains project history data for more than 5,000 projects in the ISBSG Development & Enhancement repository, with close to 1,000 projects added to the repository since Release 10. This industry data can be used to estimate, benchmark and improve the planning and management of projects.
Many of the new projects in Release 11 have been completed in the last three years and include projects developed using .Net; C#; C++; Java; ASP; and SAP ABAP languages. The new projects come from a broad range of industries. There are many web projects and projects that have used Prototyping; RAD; and JAD. To view details of the various project data types that are included in Release 11, download the free Demographics document (PDF) from
Release 11 also includes the latest version of the Early Estimate Checker tool which utilises the ISBSG Repository data and regression analysis to quickly generate estimates of the work effort and elapsed time, (duration), required to carry out and complete a software development project, plus project delivery rate and speed of delivery.
To purchase visit www.isbsg.org/products
Receive 10% discount by using the ISBSG Online Order Form and selecting QESP in the Professional Membership drop down list. Special upgrade prices are available for R10 and R9 licensees. Email email@example.com for more information.
Prometric Test Drive
The IFPUG CFPS certification exam is now automated and to help candidates feel more at ease with the new format Prometric are offering participants the ability to "Test Drive" their services. The "Test Drive" provides candidates with a real 30minute testing experience to help them feel more at ease by taking them through the following steps:
- The scheduling and registration process
- The complete check-in process
- Introduction to test center staff and surroundings
- A live 15-minute sample test demonstrating the testing process
- Full preparation for the real test
Visit the Prometric site
for full details and the updated IFPUG-Prometric site
for the locations, availability and registration.
CFPS Exam Out with the whiteboard and in with scratch-paper!
Many candidates using different Prometric's testing sites around the world have reported issues with the white boards and dry erase markers. Armed with consistent and detailed information, the Certification committee was able to engage in a fact based conversation with Prometrics on the issue. After many conversations and some persistence from the Certification Committee, IFPUG has gained a concession from Prometric!
Prometric is working on a new solution for note-taking. Until the tool is ready (expected completion date is Q4 2010), they have communicated that paper and pencil will be allowed for the CFPS exam. When the candidate requests the use of paper and pencil at the testing site:
- Candidates will receive 3 sheets of plain white paper
- Candidates will receive 2 pencils
- Candidates must return the scratch paper and pencils at the conclusion of the exam
Allowing the use of pencil and paper is a temporary exemption being granted. Since Prometrics has thousands of testing centers across the world, there is a chance that this exception might not be forefront in the minds of each testing center. As the CFPS examinee schedules their exam, it is recommended that the candidate verifies with the testing center that they are aware of the policy change and will have paper and pencils available. Unless the candidate specifically requests paper and pencil, they will be issued one white board and one dry erase marker.
As always, please visit the IFPUG web site for the current "Automated Exam Day Rules & Hints for Success" document.
ISBSG Web Subscription
ISBSG Web Subscription Special Offer
The CSMS Exam will be held at the ISMA Conference in DC, on September 16, 2008. (To register, visit www.ifpug.org The CSMS certification truly separates qualified experienced Professionals from journeymen and apprentices. Details are available at IFPUG.org/certification
For more information on the what Certification provides you
ISBSGS : eNews
ISBSGS : eNews Volume 7 Number 5 Oct 2008 - Outsourced, Offshored, In-house software development - How do theycompare?
The attraction of low cost development resources has seen an increase in projects being developed offshore. But what are the ramifications of offshoring and outsourcing? Do distance, cultural differences and language differences have an impact on these projects?
The ISBSG has just released a Special Report that investigates the impact of developing software offshore, in-house or via outsourcing.
This report compares the performance of projects developed in these different environments. It contains many interesting findings, including the much greater use of tools in projects that are ursourced and the higher rate of delivered defects in projects that are outsourced and/or developed offshore.
The report provides details of project delivery rates, speed of delivery and defect densities, plus data about the use of techniques & tools and team member experience for outsourced; in-house; offshore and onshore project development. It is essential reading for CIOs, ITManagers and Project Managers.
ISBSG subscribers can download the report free. Or it can be purchased from: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalSoftwar/4f318647de/30fec50452/da18964f25
ISBSG Subscriptions To learn about the benefits of subscribing to the ISBSG visit:http://cts.vresp.com/c/?InternationalSoftwar/4f318647de/30fec50452/dfe120995e
Online webinar library
Now all ITMPI weekly webinar's will be available for download and can be viewed at your convenience. If you did not get a chance to view Pam Morris' Webinar on Metrics Based Project Governance it is also now available for download, Visit http://www.itmpi.org/default.aspx?pageid=841
The Standish Group found that only 35% of projects are completed successfully. In response to this, the Australian government adopted a rigorous approach to project control that made use of an independent Scope Manager. This webinar by Pam Morris will describe the role of the Scope Manager and the benefits that solid metrics based project governance can bring.
For more webinar's visit http://www.itmpi.org/library
IFPUG CMCS EXAM
The CSMS Exam will be held at the ISMA Conference in DC, on September 16, 2008. (To register, visit www.ifpug.org) The CSMS certification truly separates qualified experienced Professionals from journeymen and apprentices. Details are available at IFPUG.org/certification/csms
For more information on the what Certification provides you
The IFPUG Certification Committee announced that the CFPS automated exam is scheduled to be available in July. The exam will be available in English only at first and translated into other languages in the future. The rules for references allowed in the automated exam are different than those allowed for the paper based exams. The CFPS Overview is being updated and will be posted on the IFPUG website soon. There will be tips and hints on taking the new automated exam and an FAQ available as well. Keep an eye out for announcements and visit the IFPUG website for the latest information.For more information on the format of the exam
A COSMIC Entry-Level Exam has been updated to version 3.0 the content of the Certification exam (based on the version 3.0 of the COSMIC measurement manual). Our web Certification section on 'Preparation material' has been updated to mention this. You can now select to take your certification on either version 2.2 or version 3.0.
A COSMIC Entry-Level Exam has been planned for June 23, 2008 in Bangalore, India.For more information please contact Mr. Sriram K. at firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 24328688, 42867588. Fax: 24329005.Fees INR. 7000 approximately US$ 180.
IFPUG CFPS 2008 Practice Exam
Total Metrics has used the experience of six of its certified FP practitioners who have recently sat the IFPUG exams to devise this latest IFPUG 4.2.1 CFPS 2008 Practice Exam.
Our latest 'Practice' exam incorporates the format changes introduced by IFPUG in 2007 to their exam. These changes particularly targeted the Case Study section. Invest in maximizing your chance of CFPS exam success by being fully aware of what to expect in the real exam. Don't risk surprises, complete our 2008 Practice Exam first. All parts of the Practice exam include solutions. The Case Study answers include full details on how each process and data group is counted and why. The 2008 Practice Exam Questions and Answers for CPM version 4.2.1 can be purchased by completing the request form from the CFPS Exam section in the LHS menu of our Home Page. You also have the option to purchase the 2006 Practice Exam which has been written to include the new guidelines introduced in IFPUG 4.2 and specifically examined in the IFPUG 4.2 CFPS Exams or you can download the 2000 and 2001 Practice Exams which are now available free to our clients.
click here to download the exam
SEVOCAB Systems Engineering Vocabulary
SEVOCAB is an online vocabulary of standardized terminology for software and system engineering. The dictionary is intended to serve as a useful reference for those in the Information Technology field, and to encourage the use of software and systems engineering standards prepared by IEEE, ISO/IEC and its liaison organization Project Management Institute. The goal is to provide definitions that are rigorous, uncomplicated, and which can be understood by all concerned. The SEVOCAB database is issued periodically as a formal published International Standard (ISO/IEC 24765) reflecting a "snapshot" of the database.Find authoritative definitions for software and systems engineering terms in SEVOCAB. A project of the IEEE Computer Society and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC7, SEVOCAB includes definitions from international standards. You can search for a term as defined in the standards, or for all the definitions in a source standard. To give you an understanding of related concepts, SEVOCAB will return any definition for the term, as well as all the definitions that use the term.
The vocabulary database can be accessed through http://pascal.computer.org/sev_display/index.action
Pam Morris awarded ITP Lifetime Achievement Award
Pam Morris CEO of Total Metrics and Ted Smillie were recognised for their lifetimes' contribution to the IT Industry and were each awarded the ITP Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 Consensus IT Professional Awards. Pam Morris has long played an important role in the international software metrics industry, promoting the importance and application of software measurement for business and IT professionals.