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2019 International Forum on COCOMO and Systems/Software Cost Modeling

October 28 - October 29


34th International Forum on COCOMO and Systems/Software Cost Modeling


Cost of Information Security

Our current Ph.D. student and previous experienced software cost estimator, Elaine Venson, has recently completed the most comprehensive survey of experienced professionals and published literature on the costs of obtaining various levels and aspects of information security.  A summary of her results is provided in her attached paper for the September Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement conference.  At the Forum, Elaine will summarize her results and plans, followed by a summary by now-Dr. Pooyan Behnamghader on his SQUAAD technical debt analyzer’s software security vulnerability analysis capabilities, and a workshop on sources and data on the cost and effort involved in achieving various levels and aspects of information security.  We welcome your participation in the workshop and follow on activities.

Software Sizing

There is an increasing number of software size metrics being used for estimating software costs and schedules: source lines of code, IFPUG and COSMIC function points, story points, UML metrics, RICE objects, systems engineering estimates, etc. Which ones work best for which types of applications or development methods? How well do they handle phenomena such as reuse, complexity factors, and quality factors such as security, which can add to both size and complexity?

Schedule Estimation

Most agile projects consider their sprint length as the independent variable and the amount of code completed as the dependent variable. As projects get larger and larger, this often encounters problems when each individual sprint completes on time, but there is no time left for integration and test. For traditional development efforts, schedules are often estimated as a function of estimated effort but may have challenges for adjusting to critical – path delays or requirements volatility. Also, new methods such as Parallel Agile can have major schedule acceleration effects due to architectural support of full-team parallel development and automatic code generation. Again, experiences will be presented and solicited from attendees.


Please submit 2-3 page abstracts and short author biography.

Abstracts Due: September 29, 2019 to jasanche@usc.edu

Acceptance Notification Date: October 1, 2019

Proceedings Materials Due: October 21, 2019

Conference General Chair: Barry Boehm (USC)

Program Committee: Jim Alstad (USC CSSE), Brad Clark (Software Metrics, Inc.), Anandi Hira (USC CSSE), Ray Madachy (NPS), Kan Qi (USC CSSE), Ricardo Valerdi (U of Arizona), Elaine Venson (USC CSSE), Marilee Wheaton (Aerospace Corp.)

Attendance is free for all affiliates, USC students, and USC CSSE alumni. For outside members, attendance is $50 per day for meals. For full attendance including the Affiliate Dinner and Tools Cocktail Reception, attendance is $150.

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