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I attended IFPUG’s ISMA 9 conference in Madrid on the 27th of March. There were over 150 delegates with, as you might expect, a strong percentage of Spanish attendees.

The conference offered the opportunity to take both the CFPS (FP) and CSP (SNAP) examinations, and both Tom Cagley and I took the challenging CSP exam. DCG is an authorized provider of Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP) consulting and training, and it was interesting to see that other companies are noticing the benefits of the framework as well.

The key message of the conference was “Measuring for Business,” and a number of thought provoking speakers really drilled home the importance of why clients need to find some measure of size to inform and validate provider estimates, and that benchmarking provides valuable insight into getting value for money for your organisation.

Another interactive demonstration focused on why estimates improve with the more information that you have – amazing what you can do with a pair of scissors and paper rings!

Overall, the conference really emphasized the use of function points as the recognised industry measure, allowing you to look not only at your own organisational data, but also at the wider community to understand where you are in terms of productivity, cost and quality. DCG follows this approach with our “Measure. Optimise. Deliver.” approach to delivery.

The only lowpoint of the trip was a number of delegates, including Tom Cagley and myself, caught Spanish Flu! Otherwise, it was a successful trip to Madrid and a great conference from IFPUG.


Steve Kitching
Measurement and Estimating Specialist

Written by Steve Kitching at 05:00
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And the Winner Is …

Steve Woodward, for this presentation, “Function Point Counting the Mars Rover.”

That’s right, Steve was awarded the 2013 Innovation Works! Award, from David Consulting Group, at the annual International Software Measurement & Analysis (ISMA 8) conference in held this year in Rio de Janeiro.

ISMA8 Innovation Award

The Innovation Works! award winner is selected prior to the conference by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: degree of relevance, innovation of method, accuracy, presentation of materials, quality of writing and contribution to the advancement of measurement.

Read more about the event’s details in this blog post from Tom Cagley, our Vice President of Consulting and board member of the International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG), which hosted the conference.

Check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page!


Sarah Weddle
Marketing Director

Written by Default at 05:00

ISMA8: Rio!

Rio de Janeiro hosted three unique measurement conferences and workshops the week of September 30 under the banner of ISMA Rio. This year’s eighth edition of the International Software Measurement & Analysis (ISMA) conference brought together members of the Software Measurement Community that included constituencies of IFPUG, COSMIC and ISBSG, attracting more than 100 attendees. 

The conference began with a day patterned after the open space concept made popular at Agile conferences.  Attendees suggested, prioritized and participated in sessions for the day. Márcio Silveira facilitated the session, which was a huge hit. The day was anchored by a keynote by John Wright, JPL/NASA, and Steve Woodward.  Steve’s presentation, "Function Point Counting the Mars Rover," won DCG’s Innovation Award. 

ISMA8 Innovation Award

Day two turned to the classic presentation-based conference with a mixture of sesions discussing IFPUG and SNAP that energized the attendees. The conference also set the stage for the IFPUG Annual Meeting, where board election results were announced. New elected board members were:  

  • Mauricio Aguiar
  • Luigi Buglione
  • Tom Cagley (that’s me!)
  • Dacil Castelo

New IFPUG officers are Tom Cagley, IFPUG Vice President, Debra Maschino, IFPUG Treasurer, and Lori Holmes, IFPUG Secretary. 

The conference culminated with a celebration of IFPUG’s first class of Certified Function Point Fellows (CFPF).

  • Dave Garmus
  • Carol Dekkers
  • Ray Boehm
  • Mike Cunnane
  • Lori Holmes
  • Bruce Rogora

All six of the new Fellows have been Certified Function Point Specialists for twenty years!

ISMA in Rio was a huge success energizing the entire measurement community – I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!

Tom Cagley
Vice President, Consulting

Written by Tom Cagley at 05:00

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