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When to Use Function Points in Application Development Contracts

Published: 02 September 2008

ID: G00159900

Analyst(s): Richard Ni


Function points can be used to evaluate service providers' estimates, measure productivity and benchmark performance in application development contracts. To use them in evaluating contract pricing, substantial and relevant historical function point data must be available.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Actions Required to Count FPs
  • The Process and Complexity of Applying FPs to Contract Pricing
    • Step 1
    • Step 2
  • Key Challenges When Using FP as a Contract Pricing Methodology for AD
  • How an IT Sourcing Team Should Use the FP Method
  • Conclusions

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