Call for Participation:

Theme: Software Cost, Schedule, and Process
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Last year's Forum introduced a number of emerging extensions to the COCOMO® II estimation model. These included COCOTS for COTS integration, CORADMO for Rapid Application Development, COQUALMO for quality estimation, and COSSEMO for stagewise schedule and effort estimation. Discussions at the Forum indicated that these and other cost and schedule estimation models need to address the effects of process selection on cost, schedule, and quality. The choice of process objectives (optimize cost, schedule, or quality) and process architectures (waterfall, incremental, evolutionary, spiral) can have significant effects on a products overall cost, schedule, and quality, and on the distribution of cost and schedule by stage.

This year's Forum particularly solicits presentations on addressing these cost/schedule/process issues, either via experience reports or modeling and data analysis.

Besides these topics, the Forum also solicits papers on other software cost estimation-related topics such as cost models for new software approaches (object-oriented, COTS integration, software product lines); software sizing; and relations between software cost estimation and software risk assessment, requirements, architecture, value assessment, and quality assessment.

The program October 26-28 will consist of invited and contributed presentations, tool presentations and demonstrations. Two half-day tutorials are planned for this first day:

A COCOMO® II Affiliates' meeting will be held on the evening of October 26. Persons interested in making a 20 to 30 minute technical presentation or demonstrating a software cost estimation tool should send a 1 to 2 page abstract to:

Ms. LaDonna Pierce
Center for Software Engineering
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781
Phone: (213) 740-5703
Fax: (213) 740-4927

Due date for abstracts: 31 July 1999. Notification to authors: 4 August 1999. Copy of materials due: 15 September 1999. Please send materials in either ascii or as a mail attachment in MS Word. Click here to register online Click here for a detailed agenda Click here for a hotel information