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Excerpt from Improving the Reliability of Function Point Measurement: An Empirical Study: October 1991Information Systems development has operated for virtually its entire history without the quantitative measurement capability of other businessMoreExcerpt from Improving the Reliability of Function Point Measurement: An Empirical Study: October 1991Information Systems development has operated for virtually its entire history without the quantitative measurement capability of other business functional areas such as marketing or manufacturing. Today, managers of Information Systems organizations are increasingly taken to task to measure and report, in quantitative terms, the effectiveness and efficiency of their internal operations. In addition, measurement of information systems development products is also an issue of increasing importance due to the growing costs associated with information systems development and maintenance.One measure of the size and complexity of information systems that is growing in acceptance and adoption is Function Points, a user-oriented non-source line of code metric of the product of systems development. Recent previous research has documented the degree of reliability of Function Points as a metric. This research extends that work by (a) identifying the major sources of variation through a survey of current practice, and (b) estimating the magnitude of the effect of these sources of variation using detailed case study data from actual commercial systems.The results of the research show that a relatively small number of factors have the greatest potential for affecting reliability, and recommendations are made for using these results to improve the reliability of Function Point counting in organizations.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.