8th Annual Practial Software and Systems Measurement Users' Group Conference

"Measurement for Enterprise Excellence"
July 26-30, 2004
Keystone, Colorado, USA
Conference Website:

Workshop #3:
System Engineeing Estimation Workshop: SE Size Measures and COSYSMO


Barry Boehm, University of Southern CA, Ricardo Valerdi, University of Southern CA, Gary Thomas, Raytheon, Chris Miller, Software Productivity Consortium






First Session
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Time: 1:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Second Session (continuation)
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2004
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Third Session (continuation)
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2004
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM



Attendees should read the "COSYSMO Primer" presentation located at: Participants are also asked to download the current version of myCOSYSMO from version as of 4/6/04 is 1.19). The tool will be used as part of an activity during the workshop. Additional information for the workshop may be posted to the PSM web iste one week prior to the workshop.

Material to Bring:

Bring your laptop computer with myCOSYSMO on it(file size is 1.5Meg).
Bring examples of SE size measures that you have used within your organization and projects.
This workshop will be broken into three parts. During the Wednesday afternoon session, the size measures that have been defined for the COSYSMO model will be discussed, and detailed measurement specificatins for these measures will be drafted. Af the end of the Wednesday session, a brief overview of COSYSMO will be presented, and the myCOSYSMO prototype will be demonstrated. This will prepare participants for the case study that will be conducted on Thursday. During the Thursday session, the group will discuss current issues related to the Constructive Systems Engineering Cost Model (COSYSMO) including Delphi data from Round 3, driver definitions, data collcetion, and model calibration. The remainder of the day will be spent performing and exercise with the myCOSYSMO prototype.
Issues for discussion include:
Definition of SE size measures
Tutorial on myCOSYSMO (will be done through a case study)
Review of action items from March meeting at USC
Team presentations on case study results
Identification of inconsistencies & psossible weaknesses of the model
The goals of the workshop are to:
Detail SE size measures
Introduce user to myCOSYSMO
Improve the model by "test driving" the prototype and identifying issues