Software Test Estimation


Course Details


“Software development costs are significant. And yet for 25 years now, 200 to 300 per cent cost over-runs and up to 100 percent time slippages have been common, frequent, almost universal. It would seem that software development had no pattern, no process, no methodology, or no characteristic behavior.”

The objective of the workshop is to provide inputs on Function Points and COCOMO, which are perhaps the most popular methods of sizing and estimating software systems today. Function point analysis developed by Allen Albrecht, when at IBM, is now universally accepted as an adequate and effective measure of functionality of a business, commercial, MIS software system and thus a vital first step towards generating realistic estimates. It must be noted that FPA is not geared for systems software, real-time applications or scientific systems. COCOMO is an Estimation model developed by Dr. Barry Boehm and used to estimate effort and calendar time.

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Overview
    • Factors that affect productivity
    • The Size effect
  • Function Point Counting IFPUG 4.0
    • Unadjusted Function Points
    • General System Characteristics
    • Baseline Identification
    • Case Study
  • Quick Function Point Analysis
    • FPA in Enhancement Projects
    • Mark II FPA
  • COCOMO (Constructive Cost Model)
    • Basic COCOMO
    • Intermediate COCOMO
    • Detailed COCOMO
  • COCOMO II
    • Delphi’s Wideband Estimation Technique
    • Using the Various Techniques/Models
    • Estimation Capability Maturity
    • Estimation Tools
    • PQM Plus
    • SLIM
    • COSTAR
    • FPA Manager
    • Estimates
  • Summary

Who Should Attend

  • Program Management
  • Project Management
  • Pre Sales & Marketing
  • Quality Process Engineering
  • Software Quality Assurance and
  • Requirements Engineering & Management


Schedule & Registration


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