FPA Procedures Manual

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The IFPUG Counting Practices Manual (CPM) 4.2 provides definitions, rules and steps for function point counting which aim to standardize the count results. Each organization that implements function point analysis also needs additional documented procedures for standardizing the counting process. In order for counters to count in a predictable and repeatable way they need to be provided with a clear set of standards for:

  • documenting counts
  • criteria for selecting counts
  • allocation of roles and responsibilities
  • recording, storing, reviewing and reporting count results.


This manual is presented in two formats:

  1. Generic tool independent – guidelines for storing, documenting and reporting counts are generic and independent of any tools.
  2. Customised for use with the SCOPE Project Sizing Software™ .

The purpose of the manual/s would be to provide a concise set of easy to read guidelines that would assist in:

  • ensuring a standard approach is adopted to function point counting at an organisation which is in line with the IFPUG 4.2 guidelines
  • facilitating the documentation of any additional standards identified within an organisation to address their metrics’ reporting requirements or the specific environment,
  • ensuring the accuracy and consistency of function point count results,
  • ensuring that the SCOPE software is used in a standardised way so the results of counts can be used for estimating and comparison of project productivity.


The intended audience for the manual/s would be:

  • Metrics team members and coordinators responsible for administration and implementation of software measurement.
  • All persons who participate in, or are responsible for the collection, storage, analysis and reporting of Function Points.


Manual Name

Type of Deliverable

Price (Euro) First Copy

Price (Euro) Additional copies/sites

Price (Euro) Worldwide License

Function Point Counting Procedures ManualHardcopy Bound Version €267€241€602
Soft Copy Maintainable Version - Site License €802€722€1,805
Metrics Document Toolkit Package (All 3 Manuals)Hardcopy Bound Version €682€614€1,534
Soft Copy Maintainable Version - Site License €2,046€1,841€4,603

Contents Details

FPA Count Procedures Manual using the SCOPE Project Sizing SoftwareTM


1 Introduction

1.1 Purpose

1.2 Background

1.3 Scope of this Document

1.4 References

1.5 Definitions

1.6 Resources and Cost to Implement FPA

1.7 Roles and Responsibilities

2 Recording Function Point Counts

2.1 Recording Method

2.2 Introduction to SCOPE

2.3 Installing to SCOPE

2.4 Starting SCOPE

2.5 Support for SCOPE

3 Planning Function Point Counts

3.1 Selecting Software to Count

3.2 Planning the Count

3.3 Deciding on the Count Result Accuracy

3.4 Creating a Count in SCOPE

3.5 Deciding on Purpose of the Count

3.6 Deciding on Type of Function Point Count

3.7 Deciding on the Position of the Boundary of the Software

3.8 Deciding on the Scope of the Count

3.9 Setting up Attributes

3.10 Setting Up Count Names

3.11 Deciding Upon Count Recording Levels

3.12 Modelling the Business Functionality

3.13 Counting Rules for Determining Functional Size

3.14 Completing a Function Point Count

4 Counting Enhancement Projects

4.1 Enhancement Project Definition

4.2 Planning an Enhancement Count

4.3 Step by Step Counting for Enhancements

4.4 Completing the Enhancement Project Count

5 Standards for Resolving Count Issues

6 Standards for Reviewing Counts

7 Reporting the Count

7.1 Count Documentation

7.2 Using SCOPE to Report the Size of the Count

8 Managing the SCOPE Database

8.1 Overview

8.2 Project Office SCOPE Responsibilities

8.3 Undo

8.4 Importing Counts from Other SCOPE Databases

8.5 Backing Up and Restoring Counts

9 Uses and Benefits of Function Points

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Managing Project Development

9.3 Customising Packaged Software

9.4 Summary

Appendix A. Example Count Description

Appendix B. Example Application Boundary

Appendix C. Example Function Hierarchy

Appendix D. Example Count Details

Appendix E. Example Value Adjustment Factor

Appendix F. Example Count Summary Report

Appendix G. Summary Determining Elementary Process Complexity

Appendix H. Count Review Results Form



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