The UK COSMIC-SIG is a Special Interest Group created on 10th April 2014. Its purpose is to focus the dispersion and discussion of, information, skills, and talents concerning software measurement techniques and methods and more particularly, the COSMIC Method in the UK. The membership of the UK COSMIC-SIG is open to software professionals and students; it is supported and controlled by its members as per their agenda during their twice yearly meetings.
Fruit of the lock-down
The Guide is aimed at the many software professionals who nowadays do not seem to be aware of the uses and value of measuring software sizes. It has two objectives: a) to sell the uses and value of size measurement in general and of the COSMIC method in particular, and b) to be a self-teaching guide for the COSMIC method.
Special meeting of the UK COSMIC SIG hosted by UCL, Gower Street, London.
A group of known COSMIC-method supporters have been invited to discuss views on the future of the COSMIC organization. Presentations on the status of software metrics and more particularly, of the COSMIC measurement method, were given.
The 8th COSMIC SIG meeting was hosted by UCL on the 7th June 2018 in London. Charles Symons introduced the next COSMIC conference and the status of the COSMIC method's deployment. COSMIC is now mature and stable; it is very much in favour in China (http://www.iwsm-mensura.org/2018-conference/ ). It is more and more integrated with Agile methods, and even talked about for Agile-at-scale.
The COSMIC-SIG invites the Members to a FREE Introductory Seminar "The COSMIC method of software sizing and its uses for project estimating". It was led by Charles Symons, COSMIC MPC Chairman. Main topics addressed were, Measurement of software sizes and their uses for estimating, project scope control, using COSMIC FSM in Agile projects, evidences of success, and supporting documentation.
Kindly hosted by UCL Gower street, London, the UK COSMIC SIG offered a series of presentations of very high interest from Prof. Harman (UCL), Prof. Abran (COSMIC), A. Langridge (Price Systems UK), Dr F. Sarro (UCL)and others which all covered the problems of estimation of size or project at a variable degree. Some have more caught my attention such as "Estimating for mixed new/re-use projects over the life-cycle'" of Aveek Dasgupta (SITA), and "Multi-objective software effort estimation" by Dr F. Sarro (UCL). However a few other intervention were also very appropriate.
This fifth UK COSMIC SIG was hosted by SITA, Blyth Road, Hayes, and started by "Introduction to the COSMIC method and its use to estimate and control Agile projects'" by Charles Symons. This was followed by interventions from Sananathan Rojagopal (MoD), Mark James (CAST) mostly about cost assurance and quality. Then Federica Sarro presented the latest researches at UCL in this domain.
Hosted by HMRC Euston Tower, London, this fourth meeting's strong events were the introduction of the joint "COSMIC/IFPUG Glossary of NFR terms". This Glossary which includes a new definition and classification scheme for NFR is now published. This was also the start of conversion work between the first generation measurement methods MkII FPA, COSMIC, and IFPUG.
Feedback from the progress of the COSMIC Measurement Practices Committee. Also progress on the joint COSMIC/IFPUG development of a standard glossary of terms for Non-functional and Project requirements. Experience of HMRC's transfer from MkII FPA to COSMIC. Reports from SITA and Price Systems.
After the feedback from the COSMIC Annual meeting in Rotterdam the use of COSMIC in Agile projects were presented concluding with the need for more benchmarking of Agile based COSMIC measured projects.
The first meeting of the SIG was an opportunity for Charles Symons to give the participants general news from the COSMIC Group and address questions in relations to other methods.
This section provides a list of the documents produced by the meetings. They are mainly documents deposited by the members supporting the UK COSMIC-SIG. With thanks.
The document provided to Meeting #9, authored by Charles Symons, provides a description of the current general status of COSMIC, analyses the situation and offers some searching questions aiming at identifying its future.
Introduction to COSMIC
This short tutorial was provided to Meeting #7, authored by Charles Symons, gives a description of a number of aspects of the method which could have a critical impact on the quality of the measure.
Notes from the 6th Meeting
The notes from the Meeting #6, authored by Charles Symons, provide the proceedings of the themes discussed during the meeting.
SITA Report on SDLC
A report from SITA about their practice in software project estimation which was presented during the meeting. This includes SCRUM Based and Factory Agile software development.
Multi-objective Software Effort Estimation
A study paper was presented by Dr Sarro of UCL on the estimation of software effort. The paper introduces a bi-objective effort estimation algorithm that combines Confidence Interval Analysis and assessment of the Mean Absolute Error.
UCL Activities in Research
A presentation was given by Dr Sarro of UCL on her research activities concerning the multi-objective Software Effort Estimation.
PRICE Automated Data Collection
A presentation was given by PRICE Systems, LLC on their advances in automated data collection. This work arose from their efforts around an overhaul of the TruePlanning's Information Technology Services Cost Model.
Shall we Stay or Shall We Go?
Dr Sarro of UCL delivered a presentation on her research activity concerning the migration from FPA measurement to COSMIC measurement. For the software companies involved in her study the decision of migration from FPA to COSMIC was positively supported by the results of the study.
Recent Progress on COSMIC
We have here a report on the progress made with COSMIC.
This document provides an introduction to CAST activities.
COSMIC in Agile Projects
Charles Symons presents in this document an introduction to the COSMIC Method of measuring Software Requirements in Agile projects.
COSMIC Annual Report Krakow
Rapport of the COSMIC Measurement Practices Committee for the period 2014/2015.
Notes from Meeting #4
Charles Symons documented the items discussed during meeting #4.
Returns from the Rotterdam COSMIC Meeting
This is the presentation material summurizing the annual COSMIC Meeting held at Rotterdam on October 6th 2014.
Items presented at the Meeting #2
This document contains the presentations made on the screen during the meeting #2 and more particularly Four approaches to automatic CFP measurement.
Notes from Meeting #2
Charles Symons documented the main items discussed during the meeting and more particularly a Report on the COSMIC Annual meeting at the IWSM, 6th October 2014 and some other items relevant to the COSMIC methodology.
Agenda Meeting #1
This is the Agenda of the first UK-COSMIC-SIG Meeting set up by Charles Symons