An article* by Joe Schofield, Alan Armentrout, and Regina Trujillo, “Function Points, Use Case Points, Story Points — Observations From a Case Study” has just been published in the May/June issue of Crosstalk magazine! See pages 23 – 27.
Abstract: Software development success, estimation, and measured value continue to challenge projects and organizations today. Schedule and budget seem predictable, perhaps unjustifiably in light of the inability to capture product size expectations early and often. Function Points (FP), Use Case Points (UCP), and Story Points (SP) are three approaches for establishing size (or size of effort). Each of these is applied in a case study to identity similarities and differences. The measure of preference is left to the discerning reader. Limited details about the project, its team size, duration, and goals are intentionally excluded from the research since the intended focus is on comparing the projects measurements.
* Schofield, Joe, Armemtrout, Alan, and Trujillo, Regina, “Function Points, Use Case Points, Story Points — Observations From a Case Study”; CrossTalk – the Journal of Defense Software Engineering, Vol 26 No 3, May/June 2013, pp 23 – 27.