The concept of Function Points was invented by Alan Albrecht 25 years ago, yet they remain a mystery to most developers today. That's unfortunate, because once you know the functional size of an application, you've opens a new door to accurate project cost estimation and other useful metrics.
A recap of the process of Function Point Analysis shows that Function Points:
Using Function Point Analysis helps you more accurately estimate:
An accurate counting of function points leads to a wealth of valuable statistics that can be used to improve the development process, including:
These metrics, and others like them, can be used as part of the feedback loop to improve your software development lifecycle.
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