Pervasive software and timely completion of software projects:
Software has become so ubiquitous that the importance of the software projects and their timely completion cannot be overlooked. Timely completion is dependent on correct planning which requires realistic effort estimates. Effort estimates can be realistic only if accurate and complete software size measurements are available.
Many medium- and big-sized software projects are unable to be completed within the planned limits of time, money and resources. The FSSM book pinpoints one of the major, originating, basic root causes of the erroneous planning by disclosing the hidden errors that are made in the software size measurement, and consequently in the effort estimates and project planning. It then reveals the simple and correct manner of accurate software size measurement whereby realistic effort estimates can be obtained based on which precise project planning can be done, and successful execution of the projects can be achieved within the planned limits.
The “Functional Software Size Measurement Methodology with Effort Estimation and Performance Indication (FSSM)” presented in the FSSM book provides comprehensive and precise measurements of the complete software whereby factual software size determination, development effort estimation and performance indications are obtained. The methodology is elaborate, effective and accurate for software size measurement and development effort estimation. Consequently, misconstrued project planning of the software projects can be avoided.
All the major, relevant and important aspects of the software size measurement are taken into consideration in the FSSM and are presented to the reader. They are the software’s measurable components; software component’s measurable features; software component’s feature points; software component’s feature point counts; software component’s feature measurements; software component’s measurements; software size and effort estimations; and software performance quality indicators. Also, included are a worked-out example with counting table, explanation and results; software diagnostics based on the software component’s feature measurements and software performance quality indicators; comparison with and advantages over some of the currently available methodologies; convertibility to another FSM methodology; effort estimation for applying the FSSM methodology; and details of the full compliance of the FSSM with the ISO/IEC 14143-1 standards.The FSSM book is destined and recommended for all the management/software professionals/students, and those interested in the field of software size measurement. It is intended to be used as a text book for the full or part of the advanced, specialised course of “Software Size Measurement” at the level of Master of Technology/Engineering/Science in the curriculum of the Computer Science/Engineering/Technology courses.