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International Software Measurement and Analysis Rio Conference Video Promo

The International Function Point Users Group will be part of a ten day metrics extravaganza in Rio De Janerio Brazil in October 2013.  The video promo features Joe Schofield and Mauricio Aguiar and was filmed by a neophyte videographer (me).  I will work on my skills as a videographer for upcoming SPaMCAST videos but in the meantime think about joining me in Rio.


Direct download: ISMA8_Rio.mp4
Category:IFPUG -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

The International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG) recently announced the release of the Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP) Assessment Practices Manual 2.0 under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. IFPUG is the first international functional sizing standards organization to release a new standard under the Creative Commons License.

 

The SNAP provides organizations and projects a means to develop a quantifiable measure for the non-functional requirements (NFR). By sizing non-functional requirements software development can planned, evaluated and managed better; saving organizations time and money. The SNAP standard provides organizations using IFPUG measures with a unique competitive advantage to those using other software sizing methods which do not account for non-functional software size.

 

I have attached a copy for SPaMCAST Listeners. Remember that the Creative Commons License allows you to free distribute the manual, create derivative works if you release them under the same Creative Commons License but you can’t sell or use the material for commercial purposes.

 

Sizing this component of project work will allow organizations to build historical data repositories that can be referenced to assist in decision making for the technical and/or quality aspects of application Assessment Practices.

Direct download: SNAP_APM_2_0_Creative_Commons_3-0.pdf
Category:IFPUG -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST Special:  The IFPUG Guide to IT and Software Measurement

The International Function Point Users recently curated and edited a book on measurement which was published by CRC Press.  I have an article on using functional metrics in agile estimation (one of my favorite topics).  The marketing blurb goes as follows:

“Although the themes running through the chapters in this book are measurement and metrics, the application of these themes is to the practical issues faced by project managers, CIOs, sales people, testers, QA personnel, outsourcers, bid evaluators, and IT managers. This volume should be a close-at-hand reference for all these people.”

—Peter R. Hill, CEO of the International Software Benchmarking Standards Group Limited

• Illustrates the impact of agile development on software measurement
• Explains how to use measurement to improve auditing and accountability
• Includes metrics for the CIO

Catalog no. K13177, April 2012, 848

 

I would like to recommend that you buy a copy of the book.  I have also included a flyer from CRC Press offering a 25% discount if you are a member of their online community. The proceeds from the sales of the book all go to IFPUG which is a great organization that continues to foster the use of function points and measurement. 

Direct download: Book_AD_EVL20_IFPUG_AD.pdf
Category:IFPUG -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

An open letter to IFPUG members: Board of Directors Election
(This letter is not authorized by IFPUG or IFPUG's Board of Directors)
 

Four Board of Director Candidates speak out on the Issues!

 
I offered all of the candidates running for the IFPUG Board of Directors the opportunity to answer one question to be posted on the Software Process and Measurement Cast (SPaMCAST).  The question was “in your opinion what is IFPUG’s most significant problem and if elected what would you do about it."   Four of the eight candidates took me up on the offer.  I have packaged their answers on this special edition of SPaMCAST.  Note, I did  no editing  on these responses.  Also the fact that they’re appearing on SPaMCAST is not a recommendation by me or IFPUG.   It is merely a public service for the membership. 

If you are interested in listening to the podcast you can subscribe via ITunes, other podcatchers or go to www.spamcast.net for streaming. 

 Commentary:

 

As in IFPUG member you have a deep interest in how IFPUG governed. Board members have a significant hand in whether new ideas are embraced or the status quo maintained, whether offerings are expanded or maintained.  Your vote for the members of the IFPUG Board of Directors is an important tool for you to make your voice heard.  If you’re voting member in good standing (one good indication is whether you paid your dues) you should have recently received a ballot in the mail or an e-mail with instructions on how to vote if you have not received one or both please:

 

  1. Validate you are a voting member.  Remember that corporate members have the specific people identified as voting members. 
  2. After validating your voting member make sure you paid your dues for the 2007 – 2008 year. 
  3. If  you still think you are should have received a ballot contact the office at IFPUG@IFPUG.org and please copy me at tcagley2@oh.rr.com

 
Voting is an important obligation of membership.  Voting is part of the theme of involvement I will be stressing when I become president later this year.  Begin your involvement with IFPUG by voting. 

 
Note this entry will be posted at www.IFPUGpresident.wordpress.com.  I will be update this blog periodically during my presidency. I’m looking to serving you on the Board of Directors. 

If you are interested in software process or measurement the Software Process and Measurement Cast is a great opportunity for you to listen to such a people in as Kent Beck, Capers Jones, Will McKnight, Mary Poppendieck Dave Garmus, Scott Goldfarb and many others.   Please subscribe via I Tunes or directly at www.spamcast.net  


Direct download: SPaMCAST_Special_Edition_IFPUG_Board_of_Directors_Election.mp3
Category:IFPUG -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT