Program at Siemens
Siemens is a software company – although
not recognized as such. Software is
embedded in almost all of our products.
Siemens collects quantitative data for effort
estimations. This works only if business groups participate early in the
measurement system. Endorsing that system does protect the business units from
other management initiatives, so this made it work.
The indicators are based on five levels:
Attributes, Base measures, derived measures, indicators based on thresholds,
and information resulting from analysis. For comparison, a common product life
cycle model Plan – Define – Realize – Commercialize/Operate is used. Four measurement categories: Time / Size /
Quality / Cost.
However, decisions on how e.g. Size is measured
are still under way. The five selected
Cost of Defect Correction
Defect Detection Profile
These metrics are compiled for business on four
slides – schedule and budget compliance being combined in one. An annual “Measurement Excellence Day” helps
to keep participants in the SMS loyal to the program.
for establishing Cost Estimation Models
The model allows identifying cost drivers
by setting up a causal model, using historic data, and a sizing method to
yield a probability curve for estimation.
With Oki, the model was used for a large
Japanese manufacturer, and it was possible to strongly improve its prediction
accuracy up to a standard deviation of 22% and better.
Algorithms to Generate Estimation Models
Two datasets were used: ISBSG and NormWE.
ISBSG rates worse in terms of correlation coefficient. Dividing the data set into coherent subsets
improves estimation accuracy.
Statistical analysis based on linear regression
was used. However, different fitness functions could yield even better results.
Middle East University, Ankara
Size estimation is the weakest point in
cost estimation. A better method for
OO estimation method is particularly wanted.
However, the initial approach didn’t work, and
comparing the regression equations for design and code did not give any new
results. Furthermore, it is open how
code size relates to cost, especially in an OO environment.
Technique Supérieur Montréal, Canada
Improving Measurement Plans
A BMP application (BMP = Balancing
Multiple Perspectives) in Turkey
provided new insights into integrated software measurement
Balancing indicators is critical; it corresponds
to the economical viewpoint: Cost of Quality vs. Cost of Non-Quality. Causal relationships alone are not enough.
For BMP, a questionnaire is available on www.geocities.com/lbu_measure/questlime/bmp.htm.
Currently, project managers focus on time and
cost; they should include quality somehow at least. And size is the base of all
Programs in Small Enterprises
Small enterprises often have their patron
dealing with all aspects of project management, within their usual 60 – 90
hours week. Thus, a measurement
program must be very effective.
A Pareto analysis of the defect origins was
based on a simple 15 steps process model; the defects were categorized
according Humphrey’s defect categories.
COSMIC FFP was used for sizing; developers did like it more than
IFPUG. However, sizing depends from who
measures. And more, sizing depends upon
the phase, because requirements tend to grow.
After they modified COSMIC somewhat (adding
another point whenever data was moved with more than 12 data attributes),
their estimation worked perfectly.
Seeing the numbers (2 hours/Csfu development;
0.33 hours/Csfu per defects fix), it made them aware what to focus on. Introducing reviews did help a lot.
In a second case, the company wanted to reach a
high CMMI level, in order to be able to compete with Indian big players. They documented their processes on five
pages only, and provided templates for all work products. Measuring is now done within the hour, and
all Change Request are valuated with an “expected benefit”, in order to set
Full Function Points in ERP Environment
Sizing a business process with Cfsu
relies on counting data movement as with software development, although ERP
modules used as supporting software are then components only.
Sogeti calculates for instance time-to-delivery
similar to the ISBSG Reality Checker, as an exponential function that depends
Other uses of the size metrics include
Ø Stability rate
Ø Direct cost
Ø Scope creep
Ø Change management
Ø Technology choice
COSMIC FFP is applicable based on process
information only. With calibration,
even estimations can be made for the expected cost and the time required for
implementing new business processes.
Middle East University, Ankara
Concepts of Functional Size Measurement
A unification model is proposed for the
three methods IFPUG, Mark II, and COSMIC FFP.
It relies upon relating all the different items such as functional
processes and logical transactions with their underlying data groups. These data groups are considered similar
(which is not true for real-time embedded software).
The resulting mapping might be valid for
Quality Technologies, USA
Resistance Against Measurements
Measurements are very often
misunderstood, as measurements for people rather than processes. Accuracy is misunderstood as well, as
managers associate with measurements something exact like the number of goals
shot in the last soccer game.
The definitions are not clear and not
comparable. But are speedometers exact?
They aren’t. But they are good enough to
base business decision upon it.
Correlations must be backed by data quality,
consistency, and fit with people’s influence on the projects. Perceptions must be considered, and acted
upon. Comparisons must deal with apples
only. Silver bullets don’t exist.
of Namur, Belgium
the Quality of Design
Requirements translate into design, and
design in turn into code. The relationships between these important translations
are all but straight and easy. For
measurements, this observation means that translating functional size into
code is all but monolithic. So what
are the invariants that you can measure?
Some design attributes are directly related. For instance, the number of UML diagrams
corresponds to the number of Java modules.
There are indications that such translations exist also where the
relation is not fully direct, such as size of UML diagrams should somehow
translate into the size of code.
Less direct are relationships such as legibility
of a design that may translate into the number of errors in the code. However, the problem of the missing
requirements is not addressed.
Propagation in SW Measurement and Estimation
Uncertainty is a key attribute of every
measurement in science. There are
random errors and systematic errors, and moreover, uncertainty adds up from
the many input variables.
Basic statistical theory tells us that such
measurements, if independent, follow a standard distribution. Uncertainty is predicted by the 1st
derivative of the error distribution function.
This theory can be applied to function point
measurements. This answers all the
criticism stating that IFPUG measurements do not follow the rules of
measurement theory (because you multiply a scalar, non-continuous metric with
the VAF factor).
The more input factors we add into consideration
in order to refine an estimate, the more uncertainty our estimate has.
El Hachemi Alikacem
CRIM Montréal, Canada
The presenter proposes a tool for
extracting SW metrics out of source code in an OO development environment.
Each OO language requires a mapping and parsing
module that transforms the code in arrow terms. The arrow terms are used to extract primitive
factors from the code, with respect to their use and environment.
Metrics extracted are number of classes, of
independent classes, total number of classes, and average inheritance depth, only
for visible attributes.
In total, the tools collects more than 40
metrics from code. It supports Java; C++
is under construction.
University of Twente, NL
Measurements for ERP Solutions
Current practice is writing Business
Cases, maybe because no other decision criteria are available. Following financial customs, people
consider ERP projects rather as a financial option that should bear profit
The research project, called COSMOS, unites
industry and university representatives and focuses on using COSMIC for
functional sizing, integrated in to requirements engineering. The project addresses uncertainties by
cataloguing them and trying to find actions to lower uncertainty.
Seems work in progress.
Technique Supérieur – Montréal, Canada
Automation Tools Supporting COSMIC FFP
A framework of tools for Functional Size
Measurement (FSM) distinguishes Measurement Support, Measurement, Storage,
An expert system can be found on http://cosmicxpert.ele.etsmtl.ca/
it can be used for free, when asking for a password.
Automated measuring support is available with
some tools, such as the commercial MeterIT from Telmaco, and the free SIESTA
from Sogeti (ask Frank Vogelezang, or firstname.lastname@example.org).
However, the level of automation is limited, as it is still required to input
the number of data movements, or to identify functional processes, at
least. The ideal would be to extract
functional processes from some requirements specification framework.
Use Case Points
in the Industrial Environment
With Use Case Points, sd&m reaches a
6% average accuracy with 27% standard deviation. Thus it is as good as any other estimation
method, and serves well its needs for estimating large turnkey applications.
sd&m has evaluated their productivity factor
thanks to a sensible accounting scheme, and then Use Case Points produce the
correct estimate. The key to
successfully defining the productivity factor is correct accounting.
Furthermore, you have to identify the characteristics of the different
The use case method is not suitable for
estimating technical improvements and maintenance.
Euro Project Office, Zurich
When to use
IFPUG? When COSMIC?
has become a major drive in industry and is rapidly gaining interest in
software development and maintenance as well. The Six Sigma management
strategy focuses on measurements for reducing defects early in the value
What is a Defect in Software Development?
Six Sigma is about eliminating defects in
the value chain processes. A defect is
a mistake or wrong behaviour of the product, or in the service, that affects
sizing measurements are the foundation for all Six Sigma metrics. Its mastery
is a must for all Six Sigma Green and Black Belts that dare to deal with IT
processes, be it in development or operations. However, which measurement
method suits better to Six Sigma, the well-established IFPUG 4.2 Function
Points Analysis, or the more modern ISO standard ISO/IEC 19761, known as COSMIC
both measurement methods seem rather complimentary than competing when used
in a Six Sigma setting, a setting rather targeted for defect avoidance than for
project estimation with commercial or engineering background. The two methods
serve different purposes.
Shell Information Technology
SPI, is this
ISBSG is upgrading their repositories and
will issue two more data sets for maintenance and for testing projects in the
According the Goal – Question – Metric schema,
the following five metrics are collected: Project Delivery Rate,
Speed of Delivery, Defect Density, Time Schedule, Effort Cost.
The target is: 90% of the projects should be
within schedule, budget, and within planned scope. That target was easy to achieve, using the
“GPS”–method of adapting goals to the targets met.
What did help was comparing the metrics with the
industry benchmarks. Revised
estimations based on industry benchmarks proved much better than the original
values based on Shell’s own history-based data.
They were less biased than their own.