IFPUG's recent ISMA10 conference, held in Charlotte, North Carolina was, by most any measure (even function points!), a success. The theme of the conference, "Creating Value from Measurement," was certainly realized during the day-long series of presentations delivered by the many professionals and experts in the field.
Prior to the presentations, two workshops were held to kick off the conference. A two-day SNAP training session introduced the principles of the Software Non-Functional Assessment Process (SNAP) and prepared the attendees for the upcoming SNAP certification exam. The second workshop, "Applying Function Points to Emerging Business Technologies," provided insights and examples into some of the more advanced function point sizing scenarios. (World-renowned function point guru David Herron made a guest appearance and lectured the class on how much better life can be when you have a steady diet of fun and function points. Haha!)
After the workshops, the conference focused on committee meetings, and the SNAP certification exam was made available to those daring individuals who attended the two-day SNAP workshop.
The final day of the conference focused on the presentations, which provided an opportunity for attendees to access the eight presentations on the agenda, starting with a fascinating opening keynote, "Digital Forensic: The Evidence Left Behind," presented by local lawyer Clark Walton.
There were several talks that discussed how organizations were using function points and story points to better manage their Agile projects. Of course, measurement data collection, analysis and reporting were front-and-center in three of the presentations, as presenters shared their data and insights regarding productivity gains and improved estimating practices using functional measures. And a tip of the hat goes to George Mitwasi from United Health, who shared his truly pioneering work in the area of advancing the use of SNAP with his presentation, "Integrating SNAP into an Established FP based Estimation and Measurements Program."
As always, it was a great event and we are already looking forward to returning next year.
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Vice President, Software Performance Management