An empirical analysis of IFPUG FPA and cosmic FFP measurement methods


The accuracy of functional size measuring is critical in software project management, because it is one of the key inputs for effort and cost estimation models. The functional size measurement (FSM) process is performed based on standardized methods; however, the accuracy of the FSM results is still based mostly on the knowledge of the measurers. In this paper, an empirical study was conducted to analyze the accuracy, reproducibility, and acceptance properties of the IFPUG FPA and COSMIC FFP functional size measurement methods. Results show that the performance of participants in measuring the requirement specifications using IFPUG FPA and COSMIC FFP did not differ significantly in terms of accuracy and reproducibility. Likewise, acceptance properties such as perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, and intention to use did not present significant differences. Our results suggest that novice measurers could apply both methods with similar results.

Tipo de publicación: Conference Paper

Publicado en: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

  • Quesada-López,C.
  • Madrigal-Sánchez,D.
  • Jenkins,M.

Investigadores del CITIC asociados a la publicación
Denisse Madrigal Sánchez
Dr. Christian Quesada-López
Dr. Marcelo Jenkins Coronas

Proyecto asociado a la publicación
Proyecto sombrilla


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An empirical analysis of IFPUG FPA and cosmic FFP measurement methods