On the seven misconceptions about functional size measurement

B. Ozkan, O. Demirors

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Abstract

Among the various approaches to software size measurement, Functional Size Measurement has been widely recognized for its usability in early phases of software development cycles and its independence from implementation language, development method and technology. Starting from its introduction with the original Function Point Analysis method in 1979, functional size has been a favored input to estimation and productivity models. As a result of the search for solutions to emerging measurement needs and the advancements in the discipline of software measurement, FSM concepts have been redefined and measurement methods have matured with notable contributions from the ISO standardization process. Despite the progress towards an unambiguously defined and versatile measure in software engineering, several misconceptions about FSM in software community keep on leading to misuse of functional size and unproductive measurement practices. While such misperceptions results in disappointment and wasted resources, an important consequence is the disinterest in FSM. In this paper, we elaborate seven misconceptions in FSM. We review functional size and FSM by discussing the misconceptions. Our purpose is to give a state-of-the-art presentation of functional size and to guide software practitioners and researchers in applying FSM principles properly in their practices and software engineering methods and models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIWSM-Mensura 2016 : 26th International Workshop on Software Measurement (IWSM) and the 11th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement (Mensura) : proceedings : 5 - 7 October 2016 , Berlin, Germany
EditorsJ. Heidrich, F. Vogelzang
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages45-52
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-4147-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 Joint Conference of the International Workshop on Software Measurement and the International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement (IWSM-MENSURA 2016) - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 5 Oct 20167 Oct 2016
Conference number: 2016
http://www.iwsm-mensura.org/2016

Conference

Conference2016 Joint Conference of the International Workshop on Software Measurement and the International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement (IWSM-MENSURA 2016)
Abbreviated titleIWSM-MENSURA
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period5/10/167/10/16
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    Ozkan, B., & Demirors, O. (2016). On the seven misconceptions about functional size measurement. In J. Heidrich, & F. Vogelzang (Eds.), IWSM-Mensura 2016 : 26th International Workshop on Software Measurement (IWSM) and the 11th International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement (Mensura) : proceedings : 5 - 7 October 2016 , Berlin, Germany (pp. 45-52). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/IWSM-Mensura.2016.018