An individual who passes the CSP Exam receives the “Certified SNAP Professional – CSP” designation. The exam is based on the Software Non-Functional Assessment Process (SNAP) Assessment Practices Manual, Release 2.0. The exam rules can be found at http://www.ifpug.org/?page_id=1429
Date: September 30, 2013
Times: 9:30-11:30am and 12:30-2:30pm (2 groups)
Venue: FIRJAN – Av. Graça Aranha, 1 – Centro – Rio de Janeiro – CEP 20030-002
Proctor: Talmon ben-Cnaan
Languages: The exam will be available in English and in Portuguese.
Prerequisite: One must be an IFPUG member to register for the exam.
Fee: US$ 275, paid to IFPUG.
What is SNAP?
“SNAP is the Software Non-functional Assessment Process.
While function points measure the functional requirements by sizing the data flow through a software application, SNAP measures the non-functional requirements. It is therefore complementary to FPA.
The SNAP model consists of four categories and fourteen sub-categories to measure the non-functional requirements. Non-functional requirement are mapped to the relevant sub-categories. Each sub-category is sized, and the size of a requirement is the sum of the sizes of its sub-categories.
The SNAP sizing process is very similar to the function point sizing process. Within the application boundary, non-functional requirements are associated with relevant categories and their sub-categories. Using a standardized set of basic criteria, each of the sub-categories is then sized according to its type and complexity; the size of such a requirement is the sum of the sizes of its sub-categories. These sizes are then totaled to give the measure of non-functional size of the software application.
Beta testing of the model shows that SNAP size has a strong correlation with the work effort required to develop the non-functional portion of the software application.
Software development evaluation, planning, management, and production control is enhanced when the size and effects of both functional and non-functional application size are considered. Here is where IFPUG holds a unique competitive advantage over other software sizing methods which do not account for non-functional software size.”
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