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We provide training in a variety of subjects associated with software measurement, project management and software process improvement. Our standard products take the form of short duration seminars and workshops, aimed at managers and practitioners. We believe our customers prefer the transfer of knowledge to be 'just enough and just in time'. This has proven to be a cost effective approach for many organisations.
Most GIFPA training sessions are delivered as in-house courses. This allows us to ensure that our clients' objectives are understood and that courses are adapted to suit the needs identified. Often it is useful to support the training programme by means of personal coaching exercises that provide reinforcement of the knowledge and skills obtained, and practice in their application. For public training, seminars and tutorials at conferences see the Diary Dates page.
A range of courses and workshops from overviews to our 4 day residential workshops which satisfy the training pre-requisite for team members of an SEI Authorised Appraisal.
Not everyone needs an in depth knowledge of a subject. We provide training and seminars for managers and practitioners who need to know enough about a subject to work with or manage those who do require an in depth knowledge.
The functional size of the required, delivered and maintained product is a necessary input to the many measurements that facilitate good management of software products, projects and processes. Function Point Analysis (FPA) is a repeatable, defined technique for deriving a functional size for software applications. The resulting measures are independent of the development technology and the target operational environment. FPA provides measures of the output required from software development and support processes.
These practical courses provide participants with an understanding of the fundamental principles of software measurement, and practice in estimating and making measurements of functional size. Participants will use relevant techniques at various stages in the software product lifecycle.
Courses in both common variants of FPA and the new COSMIC FFP method are available. They run for one or two days, and take the form of intensive workshops. Participants are asked to bring current project information for use during the workshop.
Estimating is a key skill for those involved in project planning. Accurate estimates of the size of a problem, and thence the effort required to solve that problem, the resources necessary, the costs likely to be incurred and the duration of the resultant project, are precursors for success.
There are many ways to use measurement and more things to measure than just functional sizes. For example:
This is our catch all category for those subjects and techniques which did not fall into one of those above. It includes Risk Management, Facilitation Skills and eXtreme Programming.
CMMI®, CMM® and Capability Maturity Model® are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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This page was updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2002