Pinesoft hosts Software Measurement Services training in “Barriers & Enablers of Agility in Government ICT”

Software Estimating & Cost Management With COSMIC FP.

September 6 – 7, 2011.

A practical, 2-day course for individuals wishing to improve software estimating and project cost control capability.

COSMIC is increasingly recognized as a reliable, easy-to-use measure of software size. It is a method of quantifying functional requirements which facilitates improved estimating and better visibility and control of project costs. It is particularly useful for managing productivity in outcome-based software contracts, providing assured value-for-money to customers while allowing developers scope to use Agile delivery methods.

Purpose of this course. This 2-day workshop is designed to introduce participants to the COSMIC functional size measurement method, the only FSM method that has been conceived and designed for both business and real-time software. It discusses the applicability of the method and explains the COSMIC 3-Phase Measurement Process. Participants learn, through classroom examples and exercises, how to apply the method to various types of software system, including systems with complex architectures.

Benefits. On completing the course, participants will be able to apply the COSMIC FSM Method to projects developing new functional user requirements and/or modifying software to enhance the functional user requirements supported by an existing system.

Who should attend. This class is suitable for participants with experience of the software development process, irrespective of the kind of project or product life-cycle with which they are familiar. It is for individuals whose usual role involves them in:

  • project management of software projects (including estimating);
  • requirements development;
  • quality assurance;
  • architecture;
  • design;
  • programming and testing.

Preparation. Prior to the course, participants will find it useful to have read the ‘COSMIC Method v3.0 Method Overview’ document, which is available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file for download from