Exploring the Issues of Boundary Definition in the Application of COSMIC-FFP to Embedded Systems

J. Keung, Suryaningsih, and R. Jeffery (Australia)


Software Metrics, Software Cost Estimation, Empirical Software Engineering, case study


The most popular software sizing technique is Function Point Analysis that has become the "de-facto" standard in the business application environment. When applied to non-MIS systems many researchers have criticized the counts as misleading and not reflective of the size of the systems. The release of COSMIC Full Function Point technique is aimed to overcome these shortcomings. This paper presents a single-case study in a telecommunication company to examine the applicability of COSMIC Full Function Point technique to the domain of embedded telephone switching system (a real-time system), the issues of boundary definition are explored and discussed.

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