Automated Function Point Analysis
Navy SBIR FY2014.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2014.1
Topic No.: N141-055
Topic Title: Automated Function Point Analysis
Proposal No.: N141-055-0565
Firm: SimVentions, Inc.
11905 Bowman Dr
Suite 502
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408-7344
Contact: Bertram Chase
Phone: (540) 372-7727
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Abstract: The cost and complexity of fielding Navy combat systems has led to a paradigm shift from developing monolithic, complete system upgrades every 10 - 12 years to a product line architecture, and a capability phasing plan, that provides for more frequent, incremental upgrades. These incremental upgrades meet mission requirements and looming threats in a more timely fashion and provides "just in time" solutions for fleet needs. A major component of this approach is to re-use or capture existing software code from one incremental upgrade to the next to minimize redevelopment and retest as much as possible. Traditionally a standard metric for estimating the cost and impact of new and modified code has been to determine the number of Source Lines of Code (SLOCs) being developed or modified. The SLOC estimate methodology has been heavily leveraged by the Navy, but because of differing industry practices and the uncertainty involved in this type of estimation it has not been entirely effective. SimVentions supports the Navy's desire to move to a Function Point Analysis (FPA) methodology and is proposing a three pronged approach, leveraging existing SimVentions SBIR technology to building an Automated Function Point Analysis tool.
Benefits: The technology being developed by SimVentions under this effort has extensive application to any commercial or defense project that requires more accurate cost and impact analysis of software development efforts. The underlying technology and process will support major software development efforts for government agencies, government contractors, independent government cost estimates, and commercial software development. Even before contract award SimVentions is aligning customers that are interested in the technology that will be developed under the ensuing Phase I and Phase II contracts. Specifically, markets are currently being pursued with NAVAIR, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and others through the company's Object Management Group (OMG) involvement and connections.