Total Metrics' Articles

Software Metrics Papers, Presentations and Articles authored by Total Metrics consultants who are key note speakers at the major international metrics conferences , co-authors and reviewers of IFPUG, COSMIC and ISO standards in Functional Size Measurement and ISBSGs publications.



Pam Morris - 2007
This paper reviews the implementation of measurement using the ISO/IEC15939 framework and examines how the measures have provided new (and some unexpected) insights into their development and enhancement processes. It also examines the key success factors of this measurement program that has been effective and evolving for over 2 years and how senior management responded to the measurement data and incorporated it in their decision making. Published in proceedings from the Software Measurement European Forum (SMEF) 2007


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A function point count can be conducted at a number of levels, each of which provides a count which has its decisions documented to different levels of detail and results within different bounds of accuracy. This paper discusses when different levels of accuracy are appropriate.


Pam Morris - 2006
This paper determines whether a requirement is functional and whether it is included/excluded from the count is specific for the target application we are counting and the purpose of the count.





Pam Morris - 2006
The current view of the CPC to just look at uniqueness of DETs, FTRs and processing logic to determine uniqueness, whilst this is sufficient for most instances it is not for all. This paper discusses what is needed to satisfy the criteria to be seen as different functional requirements by the user.


Pam Morris - 2005
The Scope Manager's role is both that of 'quantity surveyor' & project auditor. This paper defines this role & descibes the process & the benefits of the metrics they bring to a project. It discusses how organisations typically do not harness the potential of the metrics personnel in their organisation to pro-actively assist project teams manage risk. The engagement of independant Scope Managers on a project assists in assuring successful projects or providing early warning of projects in trouble. Published in 'Software Measurement - Research & Application. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Software Metrics & DASMA Software Metrik Kongress', following the IWSM/Metrikon 2004 pdf file


Paul Goodman & Pam Morris – July 1999
Paul Goodman (author of the well know software measurement book Practical Implementation of Software Metrics) discusses a presentation of Pam Morris on the other ways we can use the Function Point Analysis methodology to build on the concept of quantifying the User view of the software.


Interview with Pam Morris - 2003
Pam Morris CEO of Total Metrics in an Interview with David Braue which discusses how new software development practices are being put in place to circumvent software project budget blowouts and cancellations.


Pam Morris - 2003
Published in Proceedings from IFPUG Fall Conference Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, September 2003. click here for the pdf


Pam Morris - 2001
Provides insights on ways function point analysis can be used throughout the development life-cycle, from early inception through to support, to better manage and control the IT environment.


Pam Morris - 2001
In order to ensure accurate function point results, the measurement process itself needs to be predictable, repeatable and auditable. This article identifies the major aspects of a function point program that need to be established if the program is to be useful and sustainable. click here for the pdf





Many organisations are seeking to optimise their processes to deliver more functionality, faster AND at a lower cost. However, the objectives of faster delivery and lower costs; may be in contention. Although an IT department might respond to change requests quickly, as a result it will deliver annually less software at a significantly higher cost per unit of functionality than if change requests were more carefully considered and consolidated. Since quantitative measurement of IT output (function points delivered) is frequently not monitored, business sponsors are often unaware of the significant decrease in IT cost effectiveness resulting from their decision to implement short sharp projects. This article looks at an Australian organisation that, after reviewing the costs to deliver functionality of their small projects, has evaluated the cost versus the business value of ‘faster time to market’ and revised their delivery strategy to optimise both cost effectiveness and speed of delivery.