Three general philosophies around the applicability of FP analysis can be defined. First, companies with established FP-based performance measures in place seek to apply FPs to attain “apples-to-apples” comparability to other organizations using FP-based metrics. At the other end of the spectrum, organizations refuse to use FPs to analyze performance. A third philosophy, however, is emerging among organizations that have never used FP- based measures and do not have a Function Point culture established, but are willing to consider incorporating Function Points to enhance visibility into ADM productivity.
This ISG white paper argues that, while FP-based productivity measures can provide more detailed visibility into ADM performance, they are not essential to improving cost, quality or
productivity. The author (a strong proponent of FP-based metrics) seeks to move beyond the debate over Function Points and address the real goal of improving ADM productivity.