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Practical Software Estimation

 
J J Wright
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Hi,

When undertaking previous certifications I've delayed using Sun's ePractice questions until I've completed 60-70% of my study. However, in the case of SCEA I've decided to get hold of them right from the very start as the absence of any one definitive source of information makes identifying the exact requirements quite hard.

Sun's SCEA ePractice questions for sections 1 & 2 make heavy reference to Practical Software Estimation by M. A. Parthasarathy. Non of the chapters in list of contents for this book on Safari or Amazon jump out at me as being directly related to SCEA. Has anyone read this book? Seeing as Sun reference it heavily with regards to 25% of the objectives it would seem worthwhile getting.

Any thoughts/experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Jonathan
 
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As an update to this thread; I've just subscribed to Safari and am currently looking through this book. I'll come back and list the relevant sections with my opinion of their worth when I'm done.
 
J J Wright
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Against my better judgment I finally invested time, effort, and money in reading Practical Software Estimation: Function Point Methods for Insourced and Outsourced Projects by M. A. Parthasarathy.

This first thing to note about this book is that it has pretty much NOTHING to do with the SCEA examination objectives. Those of you who have purchased Sun�s SCEA ePractive exams may be somewhat surprised to hear this because in the first practice exam alone it�s cited as the reference material for 7 out of the 60 questions.

The only chapter that comes close is �General System Characteristics�, but it still doesn�t address architectural issues from a decision making perspective, rather its only concern is the mapping of QoS levels to GSCs. This isn�t a fault of the book itself; after all it�s a book about Function Point Analysis and software estimation methodologies NOT architecture. Of course this raises the question of why Sun is citing this book as a reference.

One valid criticism of the book would be that it isn�t the easiest read as the author goes totally overboard on the use of bullet points � the book is basically one huge bullet pointed list!

So, in conclusion; don�t waste your time reading this for the SCEA exam.
 
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Thanks wright. I was going to read that book today, your reply in other topic just saved my time. I also cited more than 10 references in Sun Mock test.
 
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