are several full articles on this site.
The articles cover a variety of topics from introductory to advanced topics.
The articles have been published in a
variety of journals and magazines.
Reboot! Rethinking and Restarting Software Development - Free Online Book.
Free Function Point Manual
Function Point Training
Online FunctionPoint Training course
Why Benford's Law Works For Function Points by Charley Tichenor and Bobby Davis
Online Self Paced - Function Point Training Course
Those earning Computer Science Degrees and MIS graduates continue to fall in 2006.
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Trends in Software Development
Ideas on Agile
In Growing Job Market, IT Pros Get More For Soft Skills (InformationWeek)
Recommended Books by other authors
IT Execs with Business Experience On The Rise (SearchCIO.com)
IT Salaries by Major Metropolitian Area
What impacts productivity and quality
Employment Trends in Software Development
Productivity of Software
from 1970 to Present
Hardware and Software
Book Reviews and Recommendations
Estimating Techniques for Software Development
Software Cost and Estimating
and How to Estimate
These two short articles includes some industry data (hours per function
point) that can be used for estimating software projects. There
is some discussion on Average Cost, Unit Cost and marginal cost for software
Estimating Test Cases and Defects
This short article explains how to estimate both the number of test case
and defects for a software project.
Fundamentals of Function Point
An introductory article that introduces the major concepts related to
Function Point Analysis. This article is available in Chinese,
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Using Function Points
Are Function Points more useful than a Swiss Army Knife?
This article explains the many uses for function points including estimating,
scope control, maintenance, re-engineering. This article is available
in Spanish , Italian and Portuguese.
Function Point Counting Topics
Why Benford's Law Works For Function Points by Charley Tichenor and Bobby Davis. This paper explains why Benford's Law works (at least in many situtation), and shows that it also applies to function points.
Function Point Crossword
Puzzle. This is just for fun, but it helps reinforce some of the basic
FPA concepts. It includes function point analysis terms and some other
Fundamentals of Function Point
Analysis. This article is only a few pages long and gives you
some insight into the mechanics of counting function points. The
all the basic terms used in Function Point Counting including the transactions
and the files. It includes some basic instructional graphics. The
is available online and in pdf format.
Recommendations for Further Function
Point Research by Guest Author Charley Tichenor, PhD. Dr. Tichenor
has been involved in Function Points and a member of IFPUG for a number
of years. He provides some ideas on ways to improve the Function
Point Metric including what to do with the GSC's. As always, Charley's
ideas are interesting and bit controversial.
How To Audit a Function Point
By examining how other industries perform audits we can begin to understand
how to conduct audits on function point counts. The article describes
the different types of audits and necessary evidence needed to perform
an audit. The article provides a list of 20 steps on how to perform an
Counting Function Point from Uses
Function Points Applied
to New and Emerging Technologies
This downloadable file includes decision and information on application
of function points to OO, GUI, Internet, and other new technologies. This
article is available in Portuguese
Function Point Definitions
The IFPUG definitions (both 4.0 and 4.1) are not clear and concise.
The article provides definitions that conform to the IFPUG definitions,
but are easier to understand and to apply.
concept of RET's
This two page article provides some insight in the meaning of RET's.
The IFPUG manual falls short on providing much detail on this topic.
Name that Tune - Internet Example
A two page article regarding hyperlinks, html, and other basic internet
concepts, a short case study is presented.
Application of Function Points
to OO applications
This article uses terms and definitions commonly found in OO type of applications.
It provides some useful tips.
How to Read a Specification - Tips on reading
Other Sources (in variety of langauges)
These articles have used portions of my English articles
A Study of Software
Size Estimation (in Chinese).
Point & Metrics (Korean)
Online Function Point Training Course - Online Function Point Analysis and Counting Training Course.