Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Certificate in Software Function Point Estimation

The success of any software project largely depends on effective estimation of project effort, time, and cost. Estimation helps in setting realistic targets for completing a project. The most important estimation that is required to be fairly accurate is that of effort and schedule. This enables us to obtain a reasonable idea of the project cost.

If the effort and schedule estimates are inaccurate, it can impact the project cost drastically and result in the project being delayed. Therefore, before initiating a project, it is essential to know how long it would take to complete the project, what would be the development cost, and how many resources would be required. Using the process of effort and schedule estimation, we can calculate fairly accurate estimates.

Software size is an important input for estimating the effort, schedule, and cost of software. There are various methods and techniques available to estimate these factors.

Function point technique helps to estimates

Target Audience

  • Software engineers with 3 - 4 years of experience
  • Individuals who intend to grow as software project managers


  • Experience
    • 3 - 4 years of experience in software industry
  • Education
    • Graduate or equivalent
    • Should have basic knowledge of
      • Software development lifecycle
      • Estimation concepts
      • Project management

Application Validity

Each application is valid for a period of One Year.

Recommended Reading

  • EdistaLearning Modules
    • ES101: Software Size Estimation using FPA
    • ES102: Software Effort and Schedule Estimation
    • ES103: Effort and Schedule Estimation using COCOMO II

  • Books and White Papers
    • Function point training booklets, Longstreet D.
    • Function Point Counting Practices Manual, International Function Point Users Group
    • Software Requirements and Estimation, Kishore S. and Naik Rajesh
    • Software Engineering Economics, Boehm, B.W.
    • Software Engineering - A practitioner's approach, Pressman, R.S.
    • Working Schedule Handbook, U. S. Army
    • COCOMO II Model Definition Manual, Center for Software Engineering
    • Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II, Barry Boehm et al.
    • Measures for Excellence: Reliable

Format of Exam

  • Exam duration: 2 hours
    (Breakup of Duration: 40 min Objective, 40 min Subjective, 40 min Case study = 120 minutes)
  • Question paper consists of following sections:
    • Section 1 Objective: 40% weightage (40 questions)
    • Section 2 Subjective: 40% weightage (10 to 12 questions)
    • Section 3 Case Study: 20% weightage (2 question, 3 options would be provided to chose from)
  • Passing percentage
    • For each of the 3 sections: 60%
    • Overall percentage in certification exam: 75%


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