COSMIC - FFP

Functional Size Measurement Method Articles

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Please also refer to www.cosmicon.com for further information about the COSMIC-FFP Method and the answers to some frequently asked questions

The Common Software Measurement International Consortium (COSMIC) is pleased to announce that the major upgrade of the COSMIC Functional Size Measurement Method, version 3.0, is now available. The three documents listed below may now be downloaded, free-of-charge from www.gelog.etsmtl.ca/cosmic-ffp

'Documentation Overview and Glossary of Terms', which gives an overview of all COSMIC method documentation and lists and defines all terms that are common to all COSMIC documents.

'Method Overview', which gives an introduction to the method for beginners and those interested in converting from '1st Generation' FSM methods.

'Measurement Manual', which is the main reference document for practical use of the method.

A fourth document 'Advanced and Related Topics' dealing with subjects for experienced practitioners and on topics like conversion of sizes from other methods will be published before the end of 2007.

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Chris Lokan (Ph.D) has written a very detailed and accurate analysis of the history and background of functional size measurement. Includes the history of the evolution of Function Points from Albrecht through to COSMIC
This paper can be located in the following publication: C.J. Lokan. Function Points. Advances in Computers, M. Zelkowitz (ed), Volume 65, Chapter 7. Academic Press, 2005. ISBN 0-12-012165-4.

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COSMIC-FFP Method Update Bulletin #1. Proposed Improvements to the Definition and Characteristics of a Software 'Layer.' This article by the COSMIC Measurement Practices Committee can be downloaded from the Downloads section in the LHS menu, under Resources.

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This document provides a additional domain-specific assistance beyond that given in the Measurement Manual, within the established principles and rules. It discusses for example, the mapping of domain-specific requirements definition methods to the COSMIC-FFP concepts, and gives many detailed examples to assist practical measurement.

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Field Studies using functional size measurement in building estimation models for software maintenance. By Alain Abran, Ilionar Silar and Laura Primera.requests can be directed to the author on [email protected]

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COSMIC - FFP ISO/IEC 19761 Version 2003 is now an ISO Standard. Version 2.1 was developed by an international group of experts in functional size measurement methods. Both versions are available free of charge: COSMIC (Common Software Measurement International Consortium)

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This newsletter discusses the increasing numbers of satisfied users of this method with the increasing interest in COSMIC certification exam. There is also an update on what is happening with COSMIC V3.0.

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The main changes in COSMIC V3.0 are briefly outlined in the COSMIC News, and are described in detail in the Measurement Manual

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This newsletter reports significant achievements and developments for the COSMIC-FFP Method. This article by the COSMIC Measurement Practices Committee can be downloaded from the Downloads section in the LHS menu, under Resources

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Tony Rollo ACOSM 2000

Tony Rollo (SMS) The paper compares the effectiveness and methodology of using COSMIC-FFP functional sizing method to IFPUG FPA when counting WWW applications. It concludes that COSMIC-FFP method compares favourably with the IFPUG method as many of the issues experienced with FPA and WWWW applications are resolved using the COSMIC method.