The Software Process and Measurement Cast features our interview with Charley Tichenor and Talmon Ben-Cnaan on the Software Non-Functional Assessment Process (SNAP). SNAP is a standard process for measuring non-functional size. Both Talmon and Charley are playing an instrumental role in developing and evolving the SNAP process and metric. SNAP helps developers and leaders to shine a light on non-functional work required for software development and is useful for analyzing, planning and estimating work.
Talmon Ben-Cnaan is the chairperson of the International Function Point User Group (IFPUG) committee for Non-Functional Software Sizing (NFSSC) and a Quality Manager at Amdocs. He led the Quality Measurements in his company, was responsible for collecting and analyzing measurements of software development projects and provided reports to senior management, based on those measurements. Talmon was also responsible for implementing Function Points in his organization.
Currently he manages quality operations and test methodology in Amdocs Testing division. The Amdocs Testing division includes more than 2,200 experts, located at more than 30 sites worldwide, and specializing in testing for the Telecommunication Service Providers.
Amdocs is the market leader in the Telecommunications market, with over 22,000 employees, delivering the most advanced business support systems (BSS), operational support systems (OSS), and service delivery to Communications Service Providers in more than 50 countries around the world.
Charley Tichenor has been a member of the International Function Point Users Group since 1991, and twice certified as a Certified Function Point Specialist. He is currently a member of the IFPUG Non-functional Sizing Standards Committee, providing data collection and analysis support. He recently retired from the US government with 32 years’ experience as an Operations Research Analyst, and is currently an Adjunct Professor with Marymount University in Washington, DC, teaching business analytics courses. He has a BSBA degree from The Ohio State University, an MBA from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Business from Berne University.
Note: Charley begins the interview with a work required disclaimer but then we SNAP to it … so to speak.
In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast we will feature our essay on product owners. The role of the product owner is one of the hardest to implement when embracing Agile. However how the role of the product owner is implemented is often a clear determinant of success with Agile. The ideas in our essay can help you get it right.
We will also have new columns from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries and Jo Ann Sweeney with her Explaining Communication series.
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