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Estimation Excellence Using Cosmic FP Method

Workshop Motivation 

“Software development costs are significant. And yet for 25 years now, 200% to 300% cost over-runs and up to 100 percent time slippages have been common, frequent, and almost universal. It would seem that software development had no pattern, no process, no methodology, or no characteristic behaviour.”

Workshop Objectives 

After the completion of the course, the participants would be able to:

  • Understand the principles of good estimation
  • Understand the steps involved in COSMIC Function Point estimation
  • Apply the techniques for COSMIC Function Point estimation
  • Develop metrics for size estimation in the organization

Delivery Method

The course is a mix of case driven, instructor-led, and self paced learning, designed to enable participants learn, experiment and implement the concepts involving application of COSMIC Function Point technique for size estimation.

To enable a thorough hands-on of the concepts taught in the class room, the course is structured around a set of formal case studies.


  • Faculty Member for the training program
  • Master copy of the course notes [Hard Copy Format]
  • Case Study Copies

Course Handouts, if any

The target audience for the program are professionals with minimum of two years of experience with regards to various phases of Software Development Life Cycles, and should be involved with any / all / either of the functions given below:

  • Program Management
  • Project Management
  • Delivery
  • Pre Sales & Marketing
  • Quality Process Engineering
  • Software Quality Assurance and
  • Requirements Engineering & Management
  • Introduction
  • Participants
  • Familiarization with course material
  • Familiarization with the protocols and timings
  • Expectation setting and clarifications
  • Estimation Basics
    • What is EstimationEstimation Ingredients Project Estimation Process Why Software Estimation Key Reasons for bad Estimations What is Project Size Size the heart of Metrics Estimation in Project Lifecycle
    • Building Estimates – Re-estimates during Project Lifecycles
  • Brief Discussion on Popular Estimation Techniques
  • Estimation Approaches – Top Down/Bottom Up
  • Lines of Code Method
  • WBS Estimation Method
  • IFPUG Function Points Method
  • COSMIC Function Points
  • Use Case Points
  • Delphi’s Wide Band Method
  • COSMIC Function Points – Genesis
    • COSMIC Method – Background
    • COSMIC Method – Evolution
    • Applicability & Limitations
    • Functional User Requirements – FUR
    • COSMIC Function Points – Software Models
    • The Software Context Model
    • Identifying Functional Users of a Business Application
    • A Real Time Embedded Software Application
    • The Generic Software Model
  • COSMIC Measurement Process
    • COSMIC Measurement Process Flow
    • The Measurement Process
    • The Mapping Phase
    • The Measurement Phase
  • Case Study Debriefing
    • Human Resource Management System
  • Classroom Exercises
    • FPA for Maintenance
    • Enhancement FPA
  • Hands-on Workshop
    • Estimating the COSMIC FP count of a Development Project
  • Advanced Estimation Techniques
    • Estimation Tips, Tricks & Traps
    • Quality & Productivity using COSMIC FP
    • Convert Effort into schedule & cost
  • Summary & Closure
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Estimation Excellence Using Cosmic FP Method

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