Managing programmer resources in a maintenance environment with function points function points

  • Fleck R
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Programmer resources as measured in available hours are often a limiting
or con straining resource in software projects and maintenance. A key
element in software project management, therefore, is the forecast of
required programming hours. Estimates based on past experience and
similar projects are generally unreliable and usually underestimate the
level of programming resources required. Function point counting
provides a reliable methodology for estimating the level of effort
required in software projects, Presents the results of using and
modifying function point counting procedures in a maintenance
environment where changes are often confined to one or more lines of
code. The study indicates that even in this environment, function point
counting procedures are useful. Finally, function point counting in the
maintenance environment as discussed in this paper helped uncover
problems in resource manage ment, training, and personnel evaluation.

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