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BCSSE COCOMO and PSM Forum 2023

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Date: November 14, 2023 – November 16, 2023
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

If you are a Boehm CSSE member, the virtual participation is free. We will send you the link to the meeting before the event.

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The Boehm CSSE invites you to participate in the 2023 International COCOMO and PSM Forum 2023 – a multidisciplinary platform for dialogue on the future of cost modeling and measurement in systems and software engineering.

This hybrid forum is hosted virtually and at Aerospace @ Chantilly, VA.

This year’s focus is on the future of measurement and cost modeling. Specific topics of interest include:

  • Measurement and cost estimating for Digital Engineering and MBSE projects.
  • Overall challenges to measuring and estimating the cost of different development paradigms, (e.g., MBSE, Agile, and DevOps)
  • The role of AI and Machine Learning in building cost estimates and measurement.
  • New or modified size and/or cost drivers to estimate software development effort in response to changing development processes and environments/tools (e.g., Agile and DevOps).
  • Measuring size/cost/schedule impacts from cybersecurity requirements.
  • Cloud services measurement and cost estimation for development and sustainment.

Important Dates:

September 1, 2023 Abstracts Due. Send to
September 27, 2023 Acceptance Notification Date
November 3, 2023 Proceedings Materials Due. Send to
November 14 – 16, 2023 COCOMO & PSM Forum


All times in Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Tuesday, 11/14
11am BCSSE & PSM Opening
11:35am Virtual Keynote: Counterintuitive Challenges in Measurement by Ricardo Valerdi
12:05pm Digital Engineering Software Solution for Comprehensive Government Acquisition Requirements Evaluation by Cheryl Gray, Renee Ferringer, Paul Cymerman
12:35pm Lunch
1:00pm Sprint Containment Matrix and Sprint Volatility Measures by Ben Schumeg
1:35pm Program MOSA Transformation Information Needs and Metrics Measuring MOSA Implementation and MOSA Product Value/Success Policy to Practice by Steve Henry, Robert Scheruer
2:10pm Break
2:25pm – 5pm Workshop: Advnacing COSYSMO Adoption through MBSE by Barry Papke, Gan Wang, Ricardo Valerdi, Sean Densford
Wednedsay, 11/15
8:30am Workshop: Digital Engineering Measurement by Cheryl Jones
11:00am Software Estimation Using Functional Size Derived from User Stories by Esteban Sanchez, Chris Hutchings
11:35am From ConOps to ROM is 6 easy Steps by Carol Dekkers, Dan French
12:05pm Software Engineering Challenges for Integrating Measurement Activities into Defense Systems Viewed Through the Prism of Future Systems by Dr. Kenneth Nidiffer
12:35pm Lunch
1:00pm The Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP) – Through-Life Software Management by Tony Powell, Rob Ashmore, Andy Adams
1:35pm Factoring AI Assistance into Software and Systems Engineering Cost Models by Ray Madachy, Ryan Bell, Ryan Longshore
2:10pm Break
2:25pm – 5pm Workshop: Towards Estimating Schedule for Systems Engineering Projects by James Alstad
Thursday, 11/16
8:30am Workshop: COCOMO® III by Brad Clark
11am Continuous Status Monitoring of your Agile and DevOps Programs by Arlene Minkiewicz
11:35am Measuring Incremental Technical Debts in Agile Development Lifecycle by Dr. Urjaswala Vora
12:05pm Results from the ACE/PoPs project on exploiting DevSecOps Pipeline data for program management insight by William (Bill) Nichols
12:35pm Lunch
1:00pm Entropy of Information Systems by Robert (Bob) Ferguson
1:35pm Capability-Based Software Cost Estimation: Proposing a New Method to Estimation Software Costs by Anandi Hira
2:05pm Break
2:25pm The “Software Estimation Challenge” for students: From Story Points to Best Practices by Dr. Alain Abran
3:00pm A Comparison of Tee Shirt, Functional, and SLOC Sizing on Current Federal Agile Software Development Program by Bob Hunt
3:30pm Break
4:00pm BCSSE & PSM Closing
4:30pm BCSSE Business Meeting
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  •  November 14, 2023 – November 16, 2023
     12:00 am – 2:00 pm