A Case Study to Assess the Validity of Function Points
Many metrics were proposed to evaluate the
characteristics of the analysis and design model of a given product
which in turn help to assess the quality of the product. Function point
metric is a measure of the 'functionality' delivery by the software.
This paper presents an analysis of a set of programs of a project
developed in Cµ through Function Points metric. Function points
are measured for a Data Flow Diagram (DFD) of the case developed
at initial stage. Lines of Codes (LOCs) and possible errors are
calculated with the help of measured Function Points (FPs). The
calculations are performed using suitable established functions.
Calculated LOCs and errors are compared with actual LOCs and
errors found at the time of analysis & design review, implementation
and testing. It has been observed that actual found errors are more
than calculated errors. On the basis of analysis and observations,
authors conclude that function point provides useful insight and helps
to analyze the drawbacks in the development process.
Function Points, Data Flow Diagram, Lines ofCodes.