Honors Software Economics Boehm at Symposium

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<p><strong>Princeton Junction, N.J. &mdash; May 21</strong><br />The International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG), a provider of software measurement and analysis, will honor Barry Boehm with a special lifetime achievement award for his dedication to advancing software engineering and measurement. </p><p>The award will be presented at this year&#39;s International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) on May 22 in Minneapolis by Mauricio Aguiar, IFPUG president, who will travel from Brazil for the event.<br /><br />Anyone interested in the financial aspects of software engineering is familiar with the name Barry W. Boehm. </p><p>The University of Southern California&#39;s guru has a permanent seat as a leader in software economics over the last 40 years. </p><p>Industry expert Capers Jones said Boehm claims to have been first exposed to software economics on his first day in the software business in 1955. </p><p>His supervisor took him on a walking tour of the computer, a now long-gone ERA 1103, saying, &quot;We&#39;re paying this computer $600,000 an hour, and we&#39;re paying you $2, and I want you to act accordingly.&quot; </p><p>Boehm started worrying about saving computer microseconds, a habit hard to unlearn when software costs started tipping scales the other way.<br /><br />Few people have contributed as much to the field of software engineering as Boehm. </p><p>As he approaches semiretirement, important luminaries from both academia and industry will gather to honor him at a symposium, Software Engineering: The Legacy of Barry W. Boehm.</p>

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