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Recommended Citation: Damodaran, M and A N E Washington.  Estimation Using Use-Case Points.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2002, v 19 (San Antonio): §253d. ISSN: 1542-7382.

Estimation Using Use-Case Points

Mel Damodaran    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Program
University of Houston Victoria    [u1] [u2]
Victoria, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

Aqua Netta E. Washington    [a1] [a2]
Houston, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

Use-case models are increasingly being used to capture and describe the functional requirements of a software system. There are different approaches and methods to successfully estimate effort using use cases. A few researchers have tested the use-case points method and analyzed their findings. The results, though not conclusive, indicate that the use-case points method has potential to be a reliable source of estimation, much like the function point method, and it can have a strong impact on estimating the size of software development projects, especially when it is used along with expert estimates. Also, since use-case modeling is increasingly being utilized as the method of choice to describe the software and system requirements and as a basis of design, development, testing, deployment, configuration management and maintenance, it makes sense to have an estimation method that makes use of them. This paper looks at the potential of successful application of the use-case points method for estimating the size and effort of software development projects, including the major limitations and offers some possible remedies.

Keywords: use-case points, software development effort estimation, software project estimation

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