All of the existing Functional Size Measurement Methods (FSMM) include rules to capture the “data movement” or “data persistence” components of the Functional User Requirements (FURs). The Feature Point method by Capers Jones and the Fast Function Point method by Gartner seem to have tried to assign weight to the algorithms although they are not strictly classifiable as FSMM according to the ISO 14143 family of standards.
Measuring algorithms separately from the transactional BFCs does not contribute to assign to a set of FURs a unique functional measure capable of capturing all the functional aspects of the requests. While FSMMs like IFPUG FPA and COSMIC prescribe that every process is evaluated individually, so that a representative measure is built up, methods like Feature Point tend to provide an evaluation of an application’s property at a global level, rather than a proper BFC measure.
After a long time, during which a huge amount of work has been dedicated to the application of the actual FSMM to different situations and contexts (traditional development, agile, DW, real time, OO, etc.) it is time now to start a joint activity oriented to capturing the algorithmic (alias data manipulation, alias data processing) component of the FURs.
The proposed workshop aims at collecting information concerning the existing practices and proposals (if any) concerning data manipulation measurement, as well as favoring the exchange and creation of new ideas (in a sort of brainstorming session) on this subject.


The organizing committee is looking for position papers on the following topics:
• New ideas on how to represent and measure “data manipulation” within FURs;
• Already established approaches;
• State of the practice and actual experiences.


The workshop will be organized as follows:
• Short introduction by the workshop’s organizers.
• Position paper presentations (10 minutes each).
• Discussion of presentations and brainstorming on data manipulation measurement.
• Wrap-up and conclusions


Please submit your paper or short presentation proposal (.ppt editable format) by August 7, 2016, to Notification for acceptance is expected by September 15, 2016.


Luigi Lavazza (Università dell’Insubria)
Roberto Meli (DPO).


Participants will have an opportunity to discuss with experts the current state of the art in Functional Software Measurement Methods, and to propose or hear new idea concerning the specific problem of representing and measuring data manipulation in user requirements.

Profiles of proposers

Luigi Lavazza
Luigi Lavazza is associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria at Varese, Italy. He also cooperates with CEFRIEL, where he acts as a scientific consultant in digital innovation projects. His research interests include: Software process modeling, measurement and improvement, Requirements engineering, Model based development, and advanced software development environments. He is co-author of over 150 scientific articles, published in international journals, or in the proceedings of international conferences or in books. He is editor in chief of the International Journal on Advances in Software and editor of the Advances in Software Engineering journal. He is also represents the COSMIC organization in Italy.

Roberto Meli
Roberto Meli graduated in Computer Science in 1984. In 1996 he became CEO of DPO Srl. During the past 20 years he has developed focused competences in project management and software measurement areas and has written more than 60 papers for technical magazines and international conferences. Certified Function Points Specialist (CFPS) from 1996 to 2004. He developed the Simple Function Point method, the Early & Quick Function Point Analysis method. In the last 20 years he played the following roles: chairperson of the board of Directors of GUFPI-ISMA (Gruppo Utenti Function Points Italia – Italian Software Measurement Association), Chairperson of the COSMIC Measurement Practices Committee and Conference Chairperson of SMEF event (Software Measurement European Forum. Currently, he is President of the Simple Function Point Association.